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
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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 ;))

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

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

YOUR child is probably struggling with this...

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. 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