Friday, January 11, 2019

Welcome, January!

WELCOME, JANUARY 
My top picks of the month... enjoy!
 
Happy reading,
Lisa
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH 🖥
Storyline Online ‘streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more’.
APP(s) OF THE MONTH 📱
35 Of The Best Apps For Kids In Preschool.  ‘Curated lists of the best apps in a variety of education-related categories.’
BOOK(s) OF THE MONTH 📕
10 Snowy Books To Keep You Cozy.  ‘Whether you're in for a blustery winter or wish your area had more snow in the forecast, we've rounded up snow-themed books to get your fill. From surviving a snowstorm to characters experiencing their first sight of the magical fluff, find yourself within the pages of a winter wonderland (or blizzard nightmare).’
ARTICLE OF THE MONTH 📰
6 surprising foods and drinks to add (or avoid) during cold and flu season. ‘Minimize sick days and keep your child happy and healthy this winter by following these simple dietary tips.’
PRINTABLE OF THE MONTH 🖨
Scholastic’s New Year Reading Challenge: January Calendar Printable.  ‘Start the new year off right by helping your kids read more. Discover original exercises to get your kids excited to read aloud or independently, each day of the month of January.’
FLORIDA
TAMPA: Free Reading Assessment Thursday, January 10th 4:30 pm-5:30 pm at Village Square, Westshore.  Learn more and sign up >> Village Square Community Enrichment Center Free Assessment

TAMPA: Preschool Readers Presents Free Storytime with Kelly Diedring of Goat Yoga Tampa Saturday, February 2nd 10:30 am at Kate Jackson Park.  What is goat yoga, you might ask? It’s a combination of animal therapy and a phenomenal yoga class. Kelly will be reading Three Billy Goats Gruff. Storytime, yoga and a goat? What better way to start your Saturday!? Learn more >>www.StorytimeInThePark.com
NEW JERSEY
 
PRINCETON:  Free Reading Assessment Friday, January 18th 4:30 pm-5:30 pm at Princeton Playspace.  Learn more and sign up >> Princeton Playspace Free Assessment.

MANASQUAN: Free Reading Assessment Saturday, February 9th 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Bee You Kids Yoga.  Learn more and sign up >> Bee You Kids Yoga Free Assessment

Friday, January 4, 2019

Upcoming Events!

Saturday, January 5th, 2019 
TAMPA, FL:  Preschool Readers Presents Free Storytime with Ariel Saturday, January 5th 10:30 am at Kate Jackson Park.  Learn more >>www.StorytimeInThePark.com.
Thursday, January 10th, 2019 
TAMPA, FL:  Free Reading Assessment Thursday, January 10th 4:30 pm-5:30 pm at Village Square Westshore.  Learn more and sign up >> Village Square Community Enrichment Center Free Assessment.
Friday, January 18th, 2019
PRINCETON, NJ:  Free Reading Assessment Friday, January 18th 4:30 pm-5:30 pm at Princeton Playspace.  Learn more and sign up >> Princeton Playspace Free Assessment.
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
MANASQUAN, NJ:  Free Reading Assessment Saturday, February 9th 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Bee You Kids Yoga.  Learn more and sign up >> Bee You Kids Yoga Free Assessment.
A big THANK YOU to all who participated in Babysitting For Books!  We had so much fun and know the children at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will enjoy their new books.

We're holding this event in more cities next year... learn more >>www.BabysittingForBooks.com.
Happy reading,
Lisa

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Best Educational Toys & Gifts

It’s Gift-Giving Season!
Last week, after reaching out to our Preschool Readers Reading Specialists, I shared with you BEST gifts for teachers. 

This week, I wanted to share toys your preschooler (and kindergartener) will love… and learn from.

Toys are great tools to help children learn in a fun way!
As they play, they learn to solve problems and develop language, fine and gross motor skills.

Today I’m sharing our best educational toys and gifts for preschoolers (and kindergarteners).
Again, I reached out to some of our Preschool Readers Reading Specialists for their thoughts on the subject….

Happy holiday shopping,
Lisa
"I like really basic toys that give the kids a lot of room to create and play imaginatively! I like the magnetic tiles and I love playdoh or theraputty to develop fine motor skills in little ones! They can build, mold, turn, and stretch!" -Ms. Jacqueline
"Magnetic building tiles (these are so much fun and allows children to express their creativity). Another idea is art supplies." -Ms. Alysa
ThinkFun Zingo Bingo Award Winning Game, Also, OSMO--there are different kinds--letters, numbers, coding etc." -Ms. Nina
"The best educational gifts for preschoolers and kindergarteners are books they love, paint by number sets (art and math) robotic kits, or sight word games." -Ms. Nicolette
"Puzzles and pattern blocks." -Ms. Ariel
"Blank notebooks with glitter pens or some sort of fancy writing utensils.  It inspires them to draw, "write stories" or ask how to spell words and write them in their notebook.  I'm also a huge fan of wooden puzzles! -Ms. Jenna
"Blank notebooks with fun writing utensils as well as books they love are a must!  I also like First Little Readers3-Letter Word Building PuzzlesMagnetic LettersSnap-Together Letter Blocks and the Learning Letters Magnetic Boards." -Me
FLORIDA
TAMPA: Preschool Readers Presents Free Storytime with Ariel Saturday, January 5th 10:30 am at Kate Jackson Park.  Learn more >>www.StorytimeInThePark.com

TAMPA: Free Reading Assessment Thursday, January 10th 4:30 pm-5:30 pm at Village Square Westshore.  Learn more and sign up >> Village Square Community Enrichment Center Free Assessment
NEW JERSEY
 
SEA GIRT: Babysitting For Books Holiday Drop & Shop Event Saturday, December 22nd 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm. Let us be your extra set of hands this holiday season! FREE Babysitting available (in exchange for brand new book donations).  Books will be donated to the pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Learn more (and save your spot) go to >> www.BabysittingForBooks.com

MANASQUAN: Free Reading Assessment Saturday, February 9th 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Bee You Kids Yoga.  Learn more and sign up >> Bee You Kids Yoga Free Assessment

Monday, December 17, 2018

BEST gifts for teachers 🎁

Upcoming FREE events... Holiday Drop & Shop,  Storytime With Ariel and MORE!  Scroll for details...

With Christmas less than two weeks away, you may be wondering what to get your child’s teacher this holiday season.
In my experience, most teachers are extremely grateful when parents (and students) take the time to think of them and appreciate their hard work.

To make teacher gift-giving less of a guessing game, I reached out to a few of our Preschool Readers Reading Specialists to provide ideas your child’s teacher is sure to love (see below).
What did I find?  It seems you can't go wrong with gift-cards (specifically a Target or coffee gift-card ;))

Happy Holidays!
Lisa
"Gift Cards to places that teacher shops/dines (ex. Target, Walmart, Bonefish Grill, Starbucks).  Or, monogrammed/personalized teacher items (ex. a lunch cooler with teacher's favorite color, a Tervis cup with teacher slogan, a makeup case with monogrammed initials...)." -Ms. Nina
"I love getting really nice handwritten cards expressing their gratitude. I also love getting candles or lotions." -Ms. Alysa
“The best gifts to receive from a parent during the holidays are items to be enjoyed outside the classroom (gift cards, things for the home, perfume, accessories) and books/supplies for the classroom. The best presents I have received are ones my student's hand-picked themselves.” -Ms. Nicolette
”I love an Amazon or Lakeshore gift card! Target is also good! No coffee mugs!!” -Ms. Jacqueline
"Gift cards to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts are always my favorite :). I also love getting Target gift cards!" -Arielle
TAMPA, FLORIDA
NEW JERSEY
  • SEA GIRT- Babysitting For Books Holiday Drop & Shop Event Saturday, December 22nd 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm. Let us be your extra set of hands this holiday season! FREE Babysitting available (in exchange for brand new book donations).  Books will be donated to the pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Learn more (and save your spot) go to >> www.BabysittingForBooks.com
  • MANASQUAN- Free Reading Assessment Saturday, February 9th 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Bee You Kids Yoga.  Learn more and sign up >> Bee You Kids Yoga Free Assessment
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