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Ms. Kraby from East Boston MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Today's Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders!

My students need a way to practice reading independently at the right level during reading time. Your donation will help students in the most critical stages of reading development become stronger and more confident readers!

  • $610 goal

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My Students

"To assist a child we must provide her with an environment which will enable her to develop freely."—Maria Montessori

A Montessori classroom is a magical place!

Not magical in the fantasy sense, but because of the astonishing things that can be observed when children are given the freedom of choice and experience autonomy over their learning. Through this child-centered philosophy of education, children learn to respect and care for their environment, solve real-world and academic problems, and grow into the self-driven leaders the world needs them to be. They are encouraged to follow their own interests and passions and express their learning in ways that speak to them. Children learn best when they are intrinsically motivated, rather than rewarded by adult-imposed praises and prizes.

Because Montessori education does not fit the mold of the traditional model of education, most Montessori schools are independent/private schools. Our unique little school is a public Montessori school offering a free education to our local, urban community! The children are incredibly creative, concerned with social justice, passionate about the environment, and enthusiastic researchers. Thank you for supporting our future leaders!

My Project

Reading is arguably the most important skill elementary students learn in school. It unlocks the entire world for them for life! That's why early reading is called "decoding"—they are literally breaking a code and discovering a whole world of meaning! In a Montessori classroom, many materials are literacy based. In order to access the content of these rich cultural materials, children need to develop independent reading skills. In order to build these skills, we make reading a central part of our school day. We do daily Read Alouds with thoughtfully chosen books to spark discussion and introduce skills. We also hold small group reading lessons geared toward specific reading levels. What we don't currently have in our classroom is a leveled book library where children can practice reading books of their specific reading level when they are not in a lesson.

Reading a book that's "just the right fit" ensures that children are experiencing enough repetition of the same sounds and spelling patterns in order to gain fluency at that level.

When the level becomes comfortable, they are ready for the next challenge. With a classroom leveled library, children will be able to read books of their level on their own and make daily progress toward their reading goals.

Ms. Kraby
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Guided Reading Collection: Kindergarten BestSellers (18 books) • AKJ Education $92.13 1 $92.13
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 2 Best Sellers (20 books) • AKJ Education $87.29 1 $87.29
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 1 Best Sellers (20 books) • AKJ Education $80.23 1 $80.23
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 2 Fiction/Nonfiction Paired Studies (16 books) • AKJ Education $78.34 1 $78.34
Guided Reading Collection: Kindergarten Fiction/Nonfiction Paired Studies (16 books) • AKJ Education $73.33 1 $73.33
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 1 Fiction/Nonfiction Paired Studies (16 books) • AKJ Education $69.92 1 $69.92

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