Monday, October 13, 2014

Are you lucky?

It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE what I do!  
How LUCKY I am to be able to call this work… I’m truly blessed and am extremely grateful!   
I’m often asked how I ‘came up with it.’  
I can understand where that question comes from.  After all, I don’t have preschool age children and I’ve never taught in a preschool classroom.
Before Preschool Readers I was a special needs kindergarten teacher.  For nine years I instructed students in all subject matter.  
I LOVED it!  To them, every day was exciting and fun… their attitude was contagious!  
As I taught I kept my favorite Maya Angelou quote close to my heart, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  
More than anything I wanted my students to feel safe, and cared for.  I wanted them to feel smart, sure of themselves, and like they could do and be anything!
However, year after year I saw them struggle with reading.  
I watched as their confidence diminished.  
They didn’t want to try anymore.  
In essence, they stopped feeling good about reading.  
And as the standards increased, becoming more rigorous and demanding, I realized I had to change the way I taught my reading lessons.  
That same Maya Angelou quote was behind the first change I made...
I knew that if I could only help to make them feel good about their reading abilities, then I’d quickly see a change in their attitude towards reading.  You see, confident children are eager to learn new skills and face new challenges.  
Once I built up their CONFIDENCE I saw a HUGE change in their DESIRE to learn!
And from that simple quote...from that simple idea of wanting them to remember how I made them feel about reading and their reading ability...Preschool Readers was born!
Words really can’t describe how wonderful it is to see children fall in love with reading!  It’s not only amazing to see them enjoy it so much but to see how PROUD they are of themselves...that is priceless!
How truly lucky I am to be able to call this work!  
Happy reading,
P.S. Receiving these notes never gets old ❤

Saturday, October 4, 2014

On the fence?

Do you find yourself on the fence about the reading and consulting services we offer at Preschool Readers?

Maybe you’re wondering, “can my preschooler really learn to read?” “My child is so young, will he actually enjoy learning to read?”  “Will my child truly benefit from these reading services?”

What you may not know is that children actually WANT to learn and are HARDWIRED to do so (read more about their natural desire to learn, here).

And YES! They enjoy it...check out my FAVORITE ‘testimonials’ below.  These come unasked for and are seen and heard on social media and in email.  These testimonials are the ones that genuinely make my heart smile!

Seen and Heard on Social Media & In Email….

  • “It’s the best thing we ever did for both kids!”
  • “We adore you and the connection you’ve built with (our daughter) in such a short amount of time is amazing.  Thank you for everything!”
  • “She loves her reading sessions and is becoming much more confident.”
  • “We miss you! (Our daughter) loves when u come 😃”
  • “My kids ❤️❤️ Seeing you every week😘”
  • “You are awesome- Magical reader!”
  • “We are very pleased with her progress and she has really developed a love for reading.”
  • “She LOVES to read.  She is REALLY excited about starting chapter books.”
  • “My son is loving his books and words!”
  • “On our car trip today, our son asked to practice sight words all on his own on our 6+ hour trip!!!”
  • “She is loving it!!!”
  • “She can really tackle any book and this is wonderful.”

And yes, they greatly benefit from it as well! Let's take a look at the NUMEROUS neurological, psychological, educational, social and linguistic benefits that teaching your child to read early has...  

Neurological reasons: A baby is born with approximately 200 billion active brain cells or neurons.  Given appropriate stimulation, each of these brain cells is capable of sprouting up to 20,000 different connections between them which store additional information.  These  connections are a DIRECT RESULT of STIMULATION the child receives through early experiences and forms the basis of all future learning and intellectual ability!  

Psychological reasons:  Learning to read at an early age with supportive, encouraging parents, tremendously affects a child’s self-confidence and independence.  Their self-confidence is sure to soar when they are NOT struggling to read, being placed in the ‘low’ reading group, or being pulled out of the classroom for extra help

(to continue reading about the educational, social and linguistic benefits, click here).  

Still on the fence?  We’re here to answer any questions you have.  Contact us today!

Happy reading,

P.S I know that trying to figure out  where to begin working with your child can seem daunting, so I wanted to gift to you our eBook, 20 Interactive Sight Word Games.  These games are simple and easy to implement at home.  Don’t let the title fool you, these games are PERFECT for letter recognition as well!  Click here to download it now.