Tuesday, December 22, 2015


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.

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!