Tuesday, December 22, 2015

ReadyRosie

Before I get to what ReadyRosie is:
I wanted to share the exciting news...Preschool Readers has been chosen as a 2016 Startup Scholar for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce!  #YAY
 
The Startup Scholars Program is an initiative which aims to encourage innovation as a part of the Tampa community culture and increase instances of entrepreneurial success.  I am extremely honored and excited and look forward to a wonderful year ahead!
 

I’m always on the lookout for educational resources that will benefit your little one and I recently found one that I think you will love!
It’s called, ReadyRosie, a FREE online resource that provides daily activities for adults to do with their children in an effort to help them get ready for kindergarten.
 
Brought to you by The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC), it’s free to ALL parents and caregivers of Hillsborough County and can be used on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  
 
There is nothing to buy, it’s not confusing.  Just click HERE to register and begin receiving emails.
 
ENJOY :)

Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner, Preschool Readers
 
PS Merry Christmas!!!!
 

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Top 3 Teacher Gift Ideas

Wondering what to get your child’s teacher this holiday season?  
After teaching for so long, I’ve gotten it all… and  I’m always incredibly grateful for the gifts I have received.  But, there are some gifts that were so fun and practical, I’m still using them YEARS later.
I thought I’d share with you, my top 3 favorite teacher gifts ideas.
Obviously, each teacher is different and these are just my suggestions, what I loved receiving.  But if you find any of it helpful during this crazy time of the year, then that makes me happy :)
  1. Gift Card: You can almost never go wrong with a gift card.  My suggestion?  Starbucks!  Teachers are up early and running around with little kiddos all day long...they need their caffeine!  You can place the gift card on one of these printables or you can place them in one of these cute Christmasy Starbucks tumblers.  Which leads me to number 2….
  1. Personalized Tumbler: Teachers often receive mugs, but my favorite was always the personalized tumbler!  I drink a ton of water all day long and when I was teaching, it was easy to quickly get a sip from my tumbler.  No mess if it falls because it has a top, and no time wasted unscrewing the top to a water bottle.  I still use the tumblers I received so many years ago.  Our friend over at Ki Designs personalizes them for you… check them out.  
  1. Personalized Tote Bag: I don’t think there was ever a morning I walked into school with less than two bags!  Teachers are always hauling a ton of stuff around… library books to read aloud to the class, their lunch, work they took home to finish up, the bag of gym clothes to change into after work... it’s crazy!  So I LOVED every personalized bag I ever received (again, I still have all of them).  

Happy holiday shopping!
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Forget #Selfies, We're Taking #Elfies! (FREE Printable Inside)

Quick Reminders...
  • THIS Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 am we’re hosting Little Free Library Storytime at Kate Jackson Park.  Come on out and enjoy a beautiful morning in the park with us :)
  • Have you seen our list of Christmas stories?  Print it out and take it with you on your next trip to the bookstore or library! Then grab a cup of hot cocoa, some cozy blankets, your favorite preschooler and enjoy making memories reading these wonderful Christmas stories together! Get it HERE!

    (FREE printable below 👇)
                              
It’s not only Christmas time it’s…  Elf On The Shelf Time!  
 
It’s amazing that in only a few short years, the Elf On The Shelf picture book and accompanying elf doll has been transformed into a national phenomenon!  
 
I’m not a parent, but I can tell you that when I was a teacher I probably had WAY too much fun coming up with creative ways to surprise my students when it came to ‘Elfie.’  Where would he get caught today?  Would he be leaving a note?  Leaving a treat?  I’m sure many of you can relate ;)
 
Although I’m no longer teaching in the classroom I didn’t want to give up on all of my Elf On The Shelf fun, so I thought… how could  Preschool Readers get involved?  
 
And what did we come up with!?
 
We want YOUR elf to #getcaughtreading this holiday season!  And then we want your little one to get an #elfieselfie… your child, their elf,  and the book their elf was #caughtreading!
 
Be sure to share it on all of your social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, & Google Plus) and tag @preschoolreaders using the hashtags #elfieselfie, #getcaughtreading & #preschoolreaders
 
What a FUN way to encourage your little one to read!  Check out our printable letter below 👇.  Place it next to your elf for your child to find.  Our letter is sure to encourage your preschooler to want to grab their very own book!    
 
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers
 
PS Did you know there is an entire website dedicated to Elf on the Shelf?  Click HERE to check out all of the fun Elf on the Shelf online games and activities for your little one!
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Friday, November 20, 2015

#PorteOuverte + Preschool Readers

I’m SUPER excited to announce that Preschool Readers was chosen as a Tampa Chamber of Commerce Startup Scholar Finalist and I couldn't be more GRATEFUL!  #fingerscrossed
 
I ALSO just found out that Preschool Readers is ranked 4th (out of 56) on the list of The Best 10 Private Tutors in Tampa Bay, FL!  How #awesome!  
 
 
All of this AMAZING  news has me feeling incredibly THANKFUL!  Soooo…. I wanted to show my appreciation with a coupon for a FREE Reading Assessment.  
 
 
Contact us here to redeem your coupon and in the ‘Questions/Comments’ box write in, THANKS2015.
 
Why a reading assessment?  
Our assessment determines what skills (in reading) your child is strong in and those they’re weak in.  We then provide a list of activities to include in your daily routine at home to help establish a foundation in reading.  
 
The assessment also gives us a chance to get to know, assess, and determine if they’re ready for our accelerated reading program.  Find out more about our accelerated reading program, HERE.
 
One last thing, I want to take a moment to flashback to Friday.
While I (and so many of us) were celebrating #worldkindness day (I left notes for my Preschool Readers students, a note & chocolate for my waitress, paid for the car behind me at Starbucks etc...), Paris was attacked.    
 
As some of you know, I spent the entire month of July living in Paris.  I was also there the September before (I’ve been 3 times, it’s safe to say I love that city ;))
 
And yet, in the midst of this tragedy a lot of #worldkindness was shown!  
To name a few…. Buildings around the world lit up in French colors, Facebook photos were changed to blue, white and red, and Parisians on social media offered help to those stranded by using the hashtag #PorteOuverte, which means “open door,” offering a safe place to wait out violence and chaos.  True acts of kindness were shown amidst the tragedy!  
 
I found this quote in an article about the Boston Marathon bombing and it about sums it all up:
“None of us can solve terrorism individually. None of us can cure cancer or [fix] any of the really serious issues affecting our world, but we can all do something. If you think about all of us who share this vision for a different and better world, if we all link arms together and do the one thing that we can do, even if it’s small, there’s real power in that.” .
 
Preschool Readers celebrating #worldkindnessday may have been small, but we're teaching our children to do something and "there’s real power in that!"
 
My thoughts and prayers go out to Paris.
 
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Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers
 
PS Interested in our Girls Book Club?  Click for Details!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

do you think you can help me?

I can’t believe it’s already November!
(especially since it’s like a bajillion degrees here in Florida #melting!)

With Thanksgiving creeping up, we’re reminded of all we are thankful (& grateful) for.
And those who know me know how much I value being mindfully grateful ;)
 
But before turkey day arrives, we celebrate another very important day, #worldkindnessday!
One of the earliest lessons I’ve learned was from my mother. As a very young child, she would tell me, “You don’t have to play with everyone. You don’t even have to like everyone. But you must be kind to everyone. There is absolutely no reason to be mean to someone, ever.”

My mother’s actions spoke louder than her words. My parents often welcomed kids who were kicked out of their home or in trouble, to live with us. Additionally, every summer my parents hosted three exchange students from all around the world! My parents also ran a summer camp for students with special needs. I wasn’t just told to be kind to others but was shown by their actions.

“Being kind isn’t always easy.  Or convenient.  But it has the potential to change everything.”
When I was chosen as a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal Up & Comers Award, they asked me what my mission statement was in the form of a tweet (it could be business or personal), my answer: “To be happy, be grateful, but mostly, be kind.”

Sounds nerdy, I know… but it’s so important!  It’s not always easy and my patience is often tested,  however, I work with small children and they need to be shown kindness.

Modeling kindness for children has long lasting effects,
Check out THIS article.

And for 20 ways to be kind to your child, check out THIS article (#adorable)!

Deciding whether or not to include Preschool Readers in #worldkindnessday was a no brainer!
Sooooo…. my question for you is...  

do you think you can help me spread kindness on #worldkindnessday, Friday November 13th?
I made these bookmarks (how thematic of me ;))
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Click on the image to download your very own bookmarks.  Go ahead and write something kind about someone special on the lines below.  

I plan on filling them out & leaving one with each of my students (I’ll add a lollipop to it).  I’m also going to fill them out and place them in some of the books in our Little Free Library for someone to find!  

Some ideas for you & your little one:
  • Fill one out and leave it in your child’s lunchbox for them to find
  • With your child, fill one out then give it to their teacher
  • With your child, fill one out then give it to their sibling or friend
  • Check out THESE books on kindness from your local library and read them together
  • Get some ideas from  THIS list of 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids

We want to be in the loop… please share your act of kindness on social media and tag us with the hashtags: #preschoolreaders & #worldkindnessday.  Don’t forget to @preschoolreaders on Instagram!

Ok, this newsletter is LONG enough…

Can’t wait to see your posts on Friday!  

Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers

PS Sharing is caring!  Please forward to friends and family OR share this newsletter to your Facebook page!

PPS Don't forget to use the hashtags when you post: #preschoolreaders & #worldkindnessday

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

YOUR child is probably struggling with this...

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday November 7th:
  • 9:30 am- Kindergarten Book Club (there’s still time to sign up)
  • 10:30 am- FREE Little Free Library Storytime in the park, just meet us at Kate Jackson Park!
  • 11:00 am- First Grade Book Club (there’s still time to sign up)


One skill we often introduce and practice during our sessions is the ability for the child to be able to orally produce single-syllable words by blending phonemes...
as this is a common core standard (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B)

Let me break it down for you…

we teach the child how to SOUND OUT three letter words.

Readingrockets.org explains:
When beginning readers sound out words, they slowly say each sound in a word (c-a-t), and then say the sounds quickly together to "read" the word (cat). We call this blending because sounds are being blended together. Blending (combining sounds) are skills that are necessary for learning to read.
However before this stage, they need to hear YOU orally segment the letters then model blending them together.  
When I segment a word for a child (C-A-T) and ask them to blend it together to say the word quickly (CAT) they usually say only the ending (AT).  This is why modeling and practice is SO important.

Practicing this extremely important reading skill is easier than you think.  
Play the following game in the car.  Tell your child that you’re going to play a listening game.  That you’re going to start by saying a word slowly and would like them to put it together and say the word quickly.  Use things you see out and about while driving.   Example:
  • “Look!  I see a D-O-G, what do I see?”
  • “Wow, it’s so H-O-T outside!  It’s so what?”
  • “Look at the man's H-A-T.  His what?”

You can also have them watch the following YouTube videos:


(this cutie is my 3-year-old niece… she’s surrounded by teachers so she’s got it down ;))

Has your child already mastered this skill?  They may be ready for our in-home accelerated reading program.  Contact us today to schedule your little ones reading assessment.  

Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers