Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You WILL want to save this information!!!

I’m often asked from parents what kind of books they should purchase for their children who are reading on their own.  
 
If this is you, I suggest finding out from your child's teacher (or me) what reading level they are on…. the teacher will give you either a letter or a number.
 
Once you know your child's reading level letter or number you can do a few things:  
 
  • You can find books on their level using Scholastic’s BOOK WIZARD.
 
  • You can click HERE to see Barnes & Noble books on your child’s lexile level (if you know your child’s reading level letter and want to figure out their lexile level just use this leveled reading chart).
 
  • Check out this LIST of books by title and author.  Then go buy them or check them out at the library!
 
  • Check out this Leveled Book Database from A to Z Teacher Stuff.  Again, you can purchase books from this website or take note of the title and author and check them out from the library!
 
I don’t want you to confuse these books with all of the leveled books you see in various bookstores.  Examples include the “I Can Read” books or the “Ready To Read” books.  
 
These books have the ‘level’ written on the outside (see image below).  However, these are NOT equivalent to the leveled reading chart that teachers use.  Don’t get me wrong, these are WONDERFUL books for children but I just don’t want you to be confused by the level written on the cover of the book. Again, they are not equivalent to the letter/number the teacher gives you.
 
 
I hope you find all of this helpful! :)
 
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner, Preschool Readers
 
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Can't Handle The Cuteness!!

I just can’t handle the cuteness...so I had to share this video with you!
(someone extra special received a Preschool Readers Literacy Book Bag in the mail)


Developing and nurturing pre-reading skills is the best way to ensure your child becomes a keen reader in the future and you don’t need to (and shouldn't) wait until your child is old enough to read before familiarizing them with these skills.

Many parents are so focused on teaching the names of the letters that they forget many of the other essential pre-reading skills.  

Teaching pre-reading skills does not have to be difficult… it can be fun!    

Our Preschool Readers Literacy Book Bags incorporate many pre-reading skills in an exciting way!

What Pre-reading Skills are Introduced In Our Literacy Book Bags?

  • describe things and events and tell stories
  • ask and answer questions about the story
  • identify characters
  • identify settings
  • locate the author of the story
  • locate the illustrator of the story
  • understand that words on the page can be read
  • understand that books are read from cover to back
  • understand that sentences are read from left to right
  • identify the title of the story
  • identify the first word in the story
  • understand the difference between a letter and a word
  • build enthusiasm for learning
  • find delight in books and reading
  • make connections between the story and themselves (text-to-self connections)
  • understand that words are separated by spaces in print

What Comes In Each Book Bag?
  • three thematic stories
  • three thematic reading manipulatives
  • a thematic lollipop
  • a letter to your child


Let us help you get your preschooler ready to read!  Order your Literacy Book Bag today!  
Happy reading,

Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner, Preschool Readers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It pays to praise!

In October I shared with you why I started Preschool Readers (if you missed it, you can read it here).  How the famous Maya Angelou quote was behind it all, “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.”  
When I was a classroom teacher all I wanted was for 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!
I knew that if I could 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!  
No matter how old your child is, praise and encouragement from YOU helps them feel good about themselves.
Praise has the ability to improve your child's academic and behavioral performance and telling them what you like about their behavior boosts their self-esteem and confidence.  
Be generous with your praise.  Preschoolers have an insatiable appetite for praise and the desire to please adults is an important influence on their motivation and learning.   
Throughout my Preschool Readers accelerated reading lessons, I praise for various reasons: when the child is on task, when they are trying their hardest, when they are using one of their reading strategies, when they read a word correctly etc...
Praising does not need to be boring...there are ways to make it FUN!  I’m here to share with you, ‘10 Ways To Praise’ brought to you by Brainy Teach Blog.
Print it out and keep it handy...these cheers are sure to make your little one giggle and feel confident about their reading ability!
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner, Preschool Readers
P.S SAVE THE DATE: our Little Free Library Grand Opening is set for Saturday April 18th at 10:30 at Kate Jackson Park (stay tuned for more info)!



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I'm SHOCKED!

I know I shouldn't be, but I am.
 
I spent years researching, writing and developing, then piloting the Preschool Readers accelerated program.  Yet, at times, I’m still shocked by how quickly children can learn to read when taught using this program...
 
Let me tell you about a very special preschooler named, Timmy.
 
At Timmy's initial consultation his parents asked if I could work with him twice a week instead of the usual once a week.  They wanted to really speed things up to make sure he was fully ready for kindergarten.
 
The Preschool Readers accelerated program is an in-home instructional program.  This 24 session program consists of once a week, 30 minute, sessions.    
 
Let me break down Timmy’s accelerated, accelerated program for you:
 
-his 24 weeks turned into 12 weeks (twice a week instead of once a week).  
 
-12 weeks equals three months.
 
-three months of twice a week 30 minute sessions = 12 hours.  
 
SO... within three months and 12 hours of in person instruction...Timmy finished phase one reading on a…
 
mid first grade reading level!
 
Timmy’s final assessment shows he is able to read 64 of the 66 sight words he was taught and gained knowledge of all letter sounds!
 
Check out his results below!
 
Letter Sound (initial assessment)
(0 out of 26)
Correct
Incorrect
 
Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz
 
Sight Words Phase 1 (initial assessment)
(2 out of 66)
Correct
Incorrect
a, I
am, and, are, at, away, be, big, black, blue, brown, but, came, can, come, did, do, down, find, for, funny, go, have, he, help, here, in, is, it, jump, like, little, look, make, me, my, no, not, on, one, out, play, red, run, said, see, she, so, that, the, this, three, to, too, two, up, was, we, what, where, white, will, with, yellow, you
 
 
Timmy’s Final Assessment Results:
 
Letter Sound (final assessment)
(25 out of 26)
Correct
Incorrect
Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ed, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz
 
 
 
Sight Words Phase 1 (final assessment)
(64 out of 66)
Correct
Incorrect
a, am, and, are, at, away, be, big, black, blue, brown, but, came, can, come, did, do, down, for, funny, go, have, he, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, like, little, look, make, me, my, no, not, on, one, out, play, red, run, said, see, she, so, that, the, this, three, to, too, two, up, was, we, what, white, will, with, yellow, you
find, where
 

Below is a guided reading leveled chart which shows what grade each leveled book is equivalent to...Timmy is reading level E books and you’ll notice level E is a  mid first grade reading level!


I am BEYOND proud of Timmy... and he is proud too!



But here is the crazy thing... SO many of the little guys I work with end the program reading on either a beginning or mid first grade level...he is not the exception!  
 
The reason Timmy’s results seemed to SHOCK me was because I had never actually accelerated my accelerated program.  I did not realize that in only 12 weeks of instruction I could have a preschooler reading on a mid first grade reading level.
 
However, as I mentioned earlier, I really should not be so surprised…

Preschoolers are HARDWIRED to learn!

Their brains are actually hardwired to learn and the younger the brain, the more malleable it is.  This is why young children are like sponges and learning to read as a preschooler is as natural and effortless as learning to speak one’s native language (check out this fun visual)!   
 
The early years lay the neurological foundation for intellectual growth into adolescence and adulthood
 
If you’re ready to activate your child’s natural desire to learn, and have them reading on at least a beginning first grade reading level then  contact Preschool Readers and get your child started today!   
 
If your child is not yet ready for the program and between the ages of 2-5 then our Literacy Book Bags are a great way to prepare your child for future participation in the program as each book bag incorporates pre reading skills!
 
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner, Preschool Readers
 
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Educational Standards

Many parents have expressed to me that they are not sure what is expected, in the area of reading, from their preschooler or kindergartner.  They wonder what their child really needs to know at this age or what their child should be demonstrating.  

So, I’m here to help!  

Educational standards (learning goals) are what students should know and be able to do at each grade level and these standards are actually the SAME in 43 states!  They are called Common Core and they are a set of clear standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in language arts and mathematics.

I wanted to provide you with the kindergarten reading standards as I know you'll find this information helpful. Click HERE to get your FREE copy of the standards now. I suggest printing them out and keeping them handy (you can use these with your preschooler as well)!
  
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner, Preschool Readers


P.S. Our Literacy Book Bags are a FUN way to introduce your child to these standards!  Each month, for three months, your child will receive a thematic package filled with 3 books, 3 reading manipulatives, a sweet treat, and a letter to your child.  Each letter incorporates a different Common Core standard!  How cool is that?   Place your order, HERE.