A few weeks ago, I reached out to /r/assistance, a subreddit on reddit.com to seek support from generous people online. I realized that some people may be hesitant to donate to donorschoose.org since the results may not be quick enough. I created an alternative way to help our classroom by donating directly or via amazon wishlist. I was so excited when redditor /u/MrsManicotti used the wishlist to send us two books.
I received the books /u/MrsManicotti sent us via amazon wishlist during the holiday break. Since I live close to the school, the UPS delivery man delivered it to my apartment instead. I was very excited to share these books with my students!The first thing I noticed about these books were that they are very wordy. This can be cause for concern since four year-olds are quick to lose focus and attention. I decided to do a read aloud after our rest time with children who are generally interested in listening to the story. I read Ricky Sticky Fingers to the small group. It was a great story about how stealing is wrong. This is a relevant topic in our classroom since we had problems with a student taking toys home earlier in the year. Books that teach about using good manners are great for students to listen to and learn about. They learn quickly about how certain behaviors are considered good manners and how others are bad.
I managed to read through the whole story with modifications to certain vocabulary words that would make more sense to my English Language Learners. All of them were able to maintain focus and listen attentively throughout the book. We had great discussions about what Ricky was doing and why it was wrong. Connections were made to their own lives and other books.
Like every person who has helped contribute to our classroom to make it a great learning and growing environment, we'd like to find a way to thank them. Donorschoose helpers get pictures and letters. This post is dedicated to show appreciation for anyone who has and will help us through the direct ways to help. A big thank you to /u/MrsManicotti for being the first to send over books we love. We had a child write a thank you note with the redditor's username and posted it on the Reddit Wall of Donor.
Currently in my fifth year of teaching Pre-K at a early childhood elementary school.