Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Top 3 Summer Musts!

1. Create A Summer Reading Spot: One of my favorite things to do in the summer is read a good book.  And what makes reading in the summer so special?  Summer reading spots! You can read in a beach chair, a hammock, or a floaty in the pool.  An airplane headed to your summer vacation destination, a tent while camping, or even on a blanket while picnicking in the park.  You are your child’s reading role model, so have them join you!   Parents who model their love of reading help their children learn to love reading too.  So pack a yummy lunch, a blanket, some good books and head to the park.  Toss some books in your beach bag beside your towels, buckets and shovels.  Read aloud tall tales while toasting s'mores at the campfire.  Showing your child that reading is something to be enjoyed all year round in all locations (not just during the school year or at night before bed) will make them realize that reading is actually...fun (not just something they have to do)!  Check out, Summer Reading Spots, on our Preschool Readers Pinterest Page for more ideas.
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2. Play & Learn Outside:  Outdoor play is a multi-sensory activity.  Children see, hear, smell and touch things unavailable to them when they play outside.  They use their brains in unique ways as they come to understand these new stimuli.  So, head outside to work with your child on their letters or their sight words.  Some ideas include: using chalk on the sidewalk or driveway, tracing in the sand, using a cool stick to write in the mud.  Maybe they want to ‘paint’ their words?  Grab a bucket filled with water and a paintbrush!  Use rocks, twigs or leaves to form letters or words.  For more ideas, check out, Letters & Words in The Great Outdoors, and Water Time Fun, on our Preschool Readers Pinterest Page.
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3. Visit Your Local Library:  Check out this downloadable Library Scavenger Hunt by Layers of Learning to use with your little one on your next library visit!  Libraries offer so much more than books now… you can rent movies, magazines, and audiobooks!  And, most local libraries offer a variety of classes including storytime, baby & toddler time, arts & crafts, chess, yoga, puzzle classes… the list goes on and on (check out the adult classes too)!  To find out what your local library offers, head over to their website and find the events calendar, or stop by to pick up a summer schedule.


Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers


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 Splash Into Reading Summer Sessions
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 Meet & Greets
  • Thursday, June 22nd: from 3:30-4:00 join us at Princeton Playspace, NJ for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.  Click link for details.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

June Happenings At Preschool Readers!

Welcome, June! ☀
(June happenings below 👇)
 
 BOOK OF THE MONTH 📕
Flora and the Flamingo -by Molly Idle


ARTICLE OF THE MONTH 📰

Boys will be boys? Closing The Gender Gap In Reading - Mine Conkbayir

QUOTE OF THE MONTH 🌟
“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.”- Dr. Haim Ginott


TO VISIT THIS MONTH 🏠

Take a trip to your local library!  The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative  is offering a fun, free activities this summer!  Additionally, you can participate in local reading contests like, Build A Better Reader and Reading With The Rays.  Similarly, Princeton Library is participating in Build A Better World Challenge in addition to the wide range of services and programs they’re offering this summer!

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

PS If you think your preschooler is ready to learn to read, click the green button below to schedule their reading assessment!  We would love to meet you! :)

 🍏 JUNE HAPPENINGS:
 Summer Sessions
  • It's not too late to sign up for our in-home Splash Into Reading Summer Sessions being offered in Tampa, FL & Princeton, NJ.  Click for more info.  Refer a Friend and if they sign up for Splash Into Reading Summer sessions, we’ll send you a $25 gift-card of your choice!
 Meet & Greets
  • Thursday, June 22nd: from 3:30-4:00 join us at Princeton Playspace, NJ for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.  Click link for details.
  • Friday, June 23rd: from 4:15-4:45 join us at Princeton Playspace, NJ for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.  Click link for details.  Refer a Friend  and if they sign up for Enrichment Center sessions, we’ll send you a $25 gift-card of your choice!
 Wish Us Luck!
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Friday, May 26, 2017

You may not agree with me on this 🙊

I’m frequently asked for book recommendations for beginning readers.
And I’m happy to help!  After teaching kindergarten for so long, I definitely have my favorites.

However, after I give my list of choices, I’m usually met with the following question, “What do you think about the Bob Books?”
My response?  I don’t like them. 🙊 At All. 🙈

I mean, they’re not bad.  
Maybe you’ve used them or are currently using them (so many parents are told to buy them, that they are the best) and that’s fine!

But they’re definitely not the series I recommend, ever.  Let me explain...
Preschool Readers provides a systematic approach to sight word instruction.  Sight words account for a large percentage (over 75%) of the words used in print.  Preschool Readers was developed with the 80/20 principle in mind.  At it’s simplest, the 80/20 rule means that you get 80% of the results from 20% of the work.

When we apply this to beginning reading, it means that knowing how to fluently read sight words (20% of the work) means a child will be able to read almost all of the words in text  (80% of the results).

Bob Books are often filled with CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant).
Their stories include words like POP, DIG, and BAT… words children can sound out (unlike sight words) so why spend so much time on them?  Plus, a sentence with so many CVC words makes it difficult for the child to read quickly and correctly… it’s like the sentence is a tongue twister (which can be frustrating)!  Children also pretty much never encounter text with sentences like these in everyday print… they are just silly!
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Their stories are not the easiest when it comes to making text-to-self connections.

Text-to-self connections are highly personal connections that a reader makes between a piece of reading material and the reader's own experiences or life. An example of a text-to-self connection might be, "This story reminds me of a vacation we took to my grandfather's farm." -Resource
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So, what books do I suggest?

I prefer colorful little readers filled with sight words and relatable stories.  Books where the child can apply their reading strategies -strategies used to solve and decode unknown words.  
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Here’s my recommend book list:
Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Is your Child Happy?

I recently read an article on Oprah.com entitled, The One Thing Every Parent Wants.
The article mentions a research study conducted in 67 countries where parents from diverse cultures, faiths and income levels were interviewed about what they most wished for their children.

The number one answer, happiness. 
Additionally, Oprah herself asked parents participating in her Be Happy E-Course what they wish for their children and found that 100 percent of parents chose happiness over wealth; 95 percent chose happiness over academic excellence; 95 percent chose happiness over fame, and 90 percent chose happiness over success.

I present this question to you because studies show a correlation between a child's level of happiness and their academic success.
An article posted from the Harvard Graduate School Of Education found that from elementary school to high school, happiness is positively correlated with motivation and academic achievement.

Most interesting to me was the research showing school happiness is positively associated with intrinsic motivation (a personal drive to learn) for all students, yet extrinsic motivation (outside sources like rewards, praise, or avoiding punishment) was specific to students in grades K–3.

So what can we do to ensure our children are happy?
According to Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist, and author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, we must help children develop a set of inner tools they can rely on throughout life.  The following are my suggestions when it comes to developing that inner set of tools.
My number one suggestion?  
Model happiness by being happy yourself :)

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers
🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:

PRINCETON, NJ & TAMPA, FL

Summer sessions are filling up quickly!  Connect with us today and your child could be reading one grade level higher by the time they start school in the fall!

TAMPA, FL
Preschool Readers Presents Free Storytime in the Park With Snow White!Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 AM @ Kate Jackson Park. Meet at our Little Free Library. Dress up in your favorite prince or princess costume and join us for a story, meet & greet and photos with princess Snow White!

A BIG THANK YOU to South Tampa, FL Hulafrog for including our event in this week's HulaFrog Save The Date Newsletter!  Hulafrog is the must-read email for in-the-know parents around town. Sign up for their South Tampa newsletter {it’s free} and as a bonus, you’ll be entered to win their latest giveaway!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

April

Our Preschool Readers Presents Storytime in the Park {Tampa, FL) Princess for May will be Snow White 🍎 More info below.

WELCOME, APRIL 
(upcoming events below)

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH 📰
Use Words To Teach Words,’ by Reading Rockets. Children who comprehend the most from their reading are those who know a lot about words. They are familiar with word prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and multiple meanings of words. Families can help develop word knowledge through simple conversations focused on words.  Click for full article.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH 🍎
“Between the day children are born and the day they go to kindergarten, there are 1,825 days their brains are soaking up information.”
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PODCAST OF THE MONTH 📺

‘Meet The Experts,’ by Reading Rockets.  Reading Rockets' Meet the Experts podcast series provides an opportunity to learn about educational topics directly from authorities in the field. Watch exclusive interviews with prominent professionals, like Drs. Maryanne Wolf and Louisa Moats. Topics include how to identify reading difficulties, the importance of developing reading skills early, and the role of phonics in reading instruction.

BOOK RELEASE OF THE MONTH 📕
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World,’ by Chelsea Clinton (Release date: May 30, 2017).  
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🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:

PRINCETON, NJ & TAMPA, FL

Join us for Splash Into Reading Sessions this summer!  Click for details.

TAMPA, FL
Preschool Readers Presents Free Storytime in the Park! Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 AM @ Kate Jackson Park. Meet at our Little Free Library. Dress up in your favorite prince or princess costume and join us for a story, meet & greet and photos with princess Snow White!

We had so much fun with our last reader, Princess Elena of Avalor, and hope you'll join us next month!


Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers
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