VIDEO(s) OF THE MONTH 📺 Kanopy Kids. Stream films anytime, anywhere on your preferred devices FREE for you- brought to you by your library. Over 30,000.00 films entirely free with a library card from participating libraries.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH 🍎
“The trouble with over-structuring is that it discourages exploration.” ~ Jay Giedd, Neuroscientist, University of California.
PS Tampa, Florida Preschool Reading Specialist, Ms. Jacqueline, needs your VOTE! Jacqueline has been nominated as a standout teacher within Hillsborough County (WOO HOO! YAY)!
ICARE Foundation, a subsidiary of IRISH 31, has launched ‘Cheers to PUB-lic Service’, a program designed to celebrate those who have an undeniable impact on our community’s youth. The program will honor those who are Influential, Reliable, Impassioned, Selfless, and Humble, beginning with teachers.
Please help Ms. Jacqueline win by voting (you can even vote once per day). On May 15, five teachers will each receive $1,000.
Let’s help Ms Jacqueline because she's not only an AWESOME classroom teacher, she's also an AMAZING Preschool Reading Specialist ;) - Vote HERE.
Meet Maahika. She is 4 years old. Maahika just completed Preschool Readers, Phase One, and her final reading report determined her reading age is 5 years, 10 months.
Maahika was not reading prior to Preschool Readers. She had shown an interest in reading and knew her letters and letter sounds, but she was not fluently reading.
Yet, after only 12 sessions, she is ahead one year in reading! I only worked with Maahika once a week for 30 minutes (no homework). Plus, all sessions were hands-on and fun!
Meet, Kai. He is 4 years old. He also just completed Preschool Readers, Phase One. Kai’s final assessment report determined his reading age is 5 years, 7 months.
Kai was not reading prior to Preschool Readers. He loves math and wasn’t too interested in learning to read. But mom and dad know the importance of reading and wanted to introduce it to him in a fun way.
After only 24 sessions, he is ahead one year in reading! Again, I only worked with Kai once a week for 30 minutes (no homework). And, all sessions were hands-on and fun!
I’ve been able to maximize both Maahika and Kai’s potential through accelerated instruction, giving them a true academic advantage! Our systematic approach to sight word instruction was developed with the 80/20 principle in mind. Not familiar? Quickly learn about it here, Pareto Principle.
If you have a preschooler starting kindergarten in the fall, why not provide them with an edge up on demanding and rigorous school curriculum (all while having fun)?
VIDEO OF THE MONTH📱 Toddling Toward Reading- “We once thought a child's education started in kindergarten — but that could be years too late. Hosted by Reba McEntire, "Toddling Toward Reading" examines what it takes to give our preschoolers the early literacy skills they need to become successful readers.”
Happy reading, Lisa
PS We have two free reading assessments coming up ($75.00 value)! Click for more details.
I’m a little embarrassed about asking 🙈 but I also know that if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Here’s the thing, Hulafrog.com is a website that connects parents to local events and businesses in their community as well as to each other. It’s a wonderful resource for families!
They’re currently running, ‘The Most Loved Awards,’ 💘 an award that recognizes the best local resources for kids and families in hundreds of communities across the country. Kid-friendly restaurants, tutoring centers, play gyms, pediatricians, toy stores, preschools, libraries, dance studios, sports centers and more.
Would you mind showing your love for Preschool Readers by voting us the “2018 Most Loved” in our category? It takes less than a minute and we would be incredibly grateful for your support! Just click on your city below. Voting ends this Friday ** Princeton & Hoboken, NJ doesn’t seem to be participating in this contest.
We're so proud of the progress our students make while in Preschool Readers! Developing a love of reading, making learning to read fun and building their confidence is of utmost importance to us!
Our Preschool Reading Specialists are well-educated, highly qualified and experienced in the field of early literacy development. All specialists have their Master of Education & teacher certification. They are are caring, fun, patient, creative, high energy, motivating, and positive!
As a small business, referrals are the only way Preschool Readers grows. This small favor would give other parents a sense of the benefits of our reading services.
Thank you in advance for your support! Voting ends Friday, so please take a moment to vote now :)
Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Review #readyourworld
I’m beyond excited to be a Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Reviewer again this year!
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in the home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.
This year, I had the honor of reviewing- A Tall Tale about a Dachshund and a Pelican: How a Friendship Came To Be. Written by Kizzie Jones and illustrated by Scott Ward.
“In this charming picture book sequel to her award-winning book, How Dachshunds Came to Be, Kizzie Jones shows us that true friendship is not just about looking past each other's differences...it's about discovering and celebrating those differences.”
My first thought while reading this story? This is a perfect read-aloud for a lesson on using describing words in writing in a K-1 classroom. Not only is the story filled with descriptive words (soft sand, magical sea, amazing creature, long muzzle, golden fur, massive mouth etc…) but the font is so fun! They use all caps for words like MASSIVE and stretch out the word l o n g. They use gold font to write the word golden and every other letter in the word ‘different’ is a different color!
Another skill that can be covered with this fun story is comparing and contrasting characters. Using a poster size Venn diagram, students can help to fill in what makes the Dachshund and Pelican the same and different (they are both animals, they are both long, one has feathers the other has fur etc…).
Additionally, I see this being a great fit as a read aloud during Back to School time. After reading aloud the story, a circle time class discussion can be held around the idea that although we may not look alike or act alike, that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends and be kind to each other.
In conclusion, this is a great, quick read for teachers in the classroom (or parents to read at home). The pictures are big and beautiful, the font is fun and the story is just the right length to hold and keep little one's attention. It’s also a relatable story, as students know what a dog is, what a bird is, and have been to the beach.
A little more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day….
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00 pm.