My students need a leveled guided reading set to meet their literacy goals, and bilingual books to establish a strong home-school connection. They also need read-aloud books to develop basic social-emotional skills at school.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
I teach at an urban, public school comprised of 1,015 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. 82% of our students are low-income, 35% are English language learners, and 13% receive special education services - but those are just our statistics. Even though we are a large elementary school, we work as a tight-knit community to support ALL students’ academic, emotional, and social growth.
My class is the kindergarten inclusion classroom, which educates students with and without disabilities - this gives every student the opportunity to interact and learn with others who have a wide variety of abilities and backgrounds.
Additionally, kindergarten is a big year for my students. While some of them previously attended preschool programs, this is the first year that they are attending school for a FULL day of learning! Throughout that day, students identify letters and sounds, blend letters to read words in books, develop their number sense to eventually be able to add and subtract, and write their stories through drawings, labels, and sentences. They may not know it yet, but my students are developing skills they will not only use for the rest of their educational years, but also throughout their long, successful careers.
As the great Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I witnessed the true value of this statement during my first year of teaching kindergarten last year. My students came to school with little knowledge of letters and sounds, but by the end of the year, they were reading and understanding complex books! The most important lesson I wanted my students to leave my classroom knowing is that encountering books about different topics helps you learn about so many new ideas, whether it’s discovering more about puppies, how to say sorry to a friend, or how to count to ten in Spanish.
Research shows a structured classroom translates to a welcoming environment where students can enjoy themselves and focus on learning.
I just completed my first year of teaching kindergarten with a hodgepodge of books sets. While I am still grateful for the books that were passed down to me by previous teachers, I believe that access to more structured guided reading book sets would give my students a clearer picture of their progress reaching higher reading levels. Similarly, a consistent set of social-emotional read-aloud books would help my students know when it is time to learn, discuss, and practice essential social-emotional skills seen in classrooms every day. Finally, the last missing link to a well-rounded classroom library is access to bilingual books that my bilingual students could bring home to read with their families. Adding these assets to my classroom library is going to make all the difference in providing my students with books that will help their academic, social, and emotional growth in one of the most foundational years of their education.
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