Wednesday, August 12, 2015

4-year-old me + 4 transitioning tips!

(that’s me, bottom right)
I cried.  And cried.  
Through tear stained eyes and jerky, hiccuping, snot-filled cries, I begged my mom to stay.  
My first day of preschool wasn’t easy.
It wasn’t for my sister either.  
With 15 months between us, I was the first to go to school.
Rocking back and forth in a fetal position on the front porch she sobbed as my mom and I drove away from the house.  
It’s not easy for most preschoolers.
Once in the classroom, to help comfort me, my mom put her watch on my wrist.
“When the big hand gets here, I’ll be back to pick you up.”
I was instantly at ease.
But it doesn’t have to be so hard.
That watch was magical!
So simple yet so effective.
Check out these 4 tips for a successful transition into preschool provided by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Babies.
Read books about preschool.
Talk about the story and how the characters are feeling. Ask how your child is feeling.  My all time favorite?  The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn (video).  Check out our Pinterest page for more book suggestions.
Use pretend play to explore the idea of preschool.  
Take turns being the parent, child & teacher.  Act out common daily routines, such as saying goodbye to mommy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having Circle Time, playing outside, and taking naps.  
My suggestion?  Include siblings in this one (my sister would have appreciated it)!
Make a game out of practicing self-help skills
like: unzipping & hanging their coat on a hook, putting on their backpack, fastening shoes and sitting “criss-cross applesauce”.  
Play at the new preschool.  
Tour the school and play on the playground a few times.  Be sure to meet the teacher!
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers
PS. This week we’re holding a book drive for our Little Free Library.  PLEASE help us keep our little library stocked with books!  For PARENTS of Preschool Readers students, tutors will be able to PICK UP any books you want to donate when they come to your home to work with your child.
For those NOT in our reading program please DROP OFF any books you would like to donate at our Little Free Library located in South Tampa at Kate Jackson Park.

PPS.  Save The Date: Saturday August 29th.  Our Little Free Library Back 2 School Happy Hour Event will be held from 10:30-11:30 at Kate Jackson Park!  Bring a book and receive an ice pop AND a goodie bag filled with FUN back to school stuff!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I would laugh so hard I'd cry!

As summer winds down, (at least for us in Florida) our focus turns to everything, ‘Back to School.’
The sales are in full swing and we’re shopping!  New school clothes, monogrammed backpacks, crayons, & pencils...

(be sure to read all the way through to get the details about our Back 2 School Sale! and our Little Free Library Back 2 School Happy Hour Event)!
I must admit, I’m feeling a little melancholy.
I was a classroom teacher for so many years and this time of year was always one of my favorites, largely due to the fact that I’m slightly obsessed with fall & back to school means fall is near, but I digress…

Then I turn my thoughts to all of the FUN I had as a classroom teacher, and I can’t help but giggle quietly to myself.
There was never a day my students didn't have me laughing so hard I almost cried (and sometimes, I did)!  
Who doesn’t like a good laugh?  So in the spirit of ‘sharing is caring, ’ here you go...
I stumbled upon some great  articles of teachers divulging the most hilarious and shocking things their students have said in class!  I picked just a few of my favorites to share with you… ENJOY!
  • During snack time, a kindergartner asked why some raisins were yellow while others were black. I didn’t know the answer, so I asked my friend, a first-grade teacher if she knew. “Yellow raisins are made 
from green grapes, and black raisins are made from red grapes,” she 
explained.  One little boy suggested, “Maybe that’s why she teaches first grade because she’s just a little bit smarter than you.”—Erica Coles, Watertown, Tennessee
  • I recently asked a student where his homework was. He replied, “It’s still in my pencil.”—Larry Timmons, Surprise, Arizona
  • A note from a student’s mother: “Please excuse Chris from reading, because he doesn’t like it.”—Roy Hartley, Elberton, Georgia
  • Question: Name a famous 
explorer. Answer: Dora.—James Parks, Red Lion, Pennsylvania
  • During the Christmas/holiday classroom party, a boy comes up to me with a gift bag (obviously re-used) and says: “Here teacher…my mom got this present and she didn’t want it and she called everyone in our family and they didn’t want it either so she said to just bring it to school and give it to you!”  
Want more?  Click HERE for more hilarious quotes with images!

Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers
P.S We are offering a, Back 2 School Sale!  $50 off our in-home tutoring material fee.  Valid the entire month of August.  Contact us today to schedule your child’s FREE assessment!

P.P.S. Save The Date: Saturday, August 29th.  Our Little Free Library Back 2 School Happy Hour Event will be held from 10:30-11:30 at Kate Jackson Park!  Bring a book and receive an ice pop AND a bag filled with FUN back to school goodies!