Monday, December 12, 2016

Top 3 Teacher Gift Ideas

Wondering what to get your child’s classroom 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 gift ideas.
Gift Card: You can almost never go wrong with a gift card.  Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, local  restaurants… but my suggestion?  Starbucks!  Teachers are up early running around with little kids all day...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….
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Personalized Tumbler: Teachers often receive mugs, but my favorite was always the personalized tumbler!  I drink a ton of water throughout the day 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.  
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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... I'm still using the tote bags I received as gifts so many years ago!
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Happy holiday shopping!

Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers
🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:
FLORIDA
  • Wednesday, January 11th from 5:30-6:00 join us at Allisongs For Totsfor a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.  
 NEW JERSEY
  • Friday, January 6th from 3:00-3:30 join us at Princeton Playspace for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet. 
  • Tuesday, January 10th from 5:00-5:30 join us at Celebrate Life Studiofor a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet. 
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

WELCOME, DECEMBER 🎄
(🌟 Allisongs For Tots is our newest Tampa location.→  Details 🌟)
 
BOOK OF THE MONTH 📕
The Mitten by Jan Brett (print out these adorable matching bookmarks)

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH 📰
How to Avoid Holiday Meltdowns By Katie Hurley

QUOTE OF THE MONTH 🍎
“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”
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WEBSITE OF THE MONTH 💻
Online Storytime, Barnes & Noble (which features The Mitten by Jan Brett)

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola

PS Check out our list of Christmas stories for you and your little one to read together this holiday season! 
🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:
FLORIDA
NEW JERSEY
  • Friday, January 6th- 3:00-3:30 join us at Princeton Playspace for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.
  • Tuesday, January 10th- 5:00-5:30 join us at Celebrate Life Studio for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet. 
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Friday, December 2, 2016

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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 when he is, take an #elfieselfie… your child, their elf,  and the book their elf was #caughtreading!
When you post, be sure to tag us @preschoolreaders and use the hashtags #elfieselfie, #getcaughtreading & #preschoolreaders

Added fun?  Print this letter from your child's Elf On The Shelf and place it next to your elf for them to find.  
Our letter is sure to encourage your preschooler to want to grab their very own book!

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola

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!

PPS Check out our list of Christmas stories for you and your little one to read together this holiday season! 
🍏 UPCOMING FREE EVENTS: 
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

my best $1 purchase.

Preschool Readers began because I wanted a way to truly accelerate the reading process for 3-5-year-olds; maximizing their potential, building their confidence and guaranteeing a solid foundation in reading…. in an eXcItiNg and iNtErAcTiVe way! 🤗

Our students love the BaG Of FuN we bring to each session 🎉​

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And now that fall is here we have updated our bag to include fall reading manipulatives 🎃

The best part? These fall items are $1 at the Dollar Tree!  Check them out 👇 they're sure to keep your preschooler reading all season 🍃 🍂 🍁
Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers
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Monday, October 10, 2016

fOuR 4 OcToBeR

Welcome, October!
🍂 🍃 🍁 

BOOK OF THE MONTH 📕

Haunted House by Roger Priddy
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH 🍎

“Books make it easier to invent the future in every field.”

VIDEO OF THE MONTH 📼
Preschool Readers Presents Storytime In The Park
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Happy October,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

PS Check Out Our Upcoming Events:
 
  • Tampa:
    • Preschool Readers Presents Storytime In the Park.  Saturday, November 5th @10:30, Kate Jackson Park.
   
PPS Get on our Manhattan waitlist so you’re the first to be notified when sessions begin in the city.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Not to be dramatic, but....

It's finally here.  My FAVORITE time of the year… FALL!🍂🍁🍃
My niece and I already attended Apple Fest where we enjoyed yummy apple cider and apple cider doughnuts 🍎

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I’ve found I’m more excited than usual this year because I’ll be spending most of the season in the northeast where it feels a bit more like fall, #sorryflorida.
And I have to admit, I’m a *huge* nerd 🙈… I actually have a fall bucket list of activities to complete before the end of the season.  Things like visit a corn maze & haunted house, go apple & pumpkin picking, drink one too many pumpkin spice lattes… 🙊​

While working on my fall bucket list I thought, why not make one for you and your preschooler to complete together?
So I came up with this {FREE} Fall Reading Bucket List For Your Preschooler,
 where you’ll find 7 engaging reading activities to complete together.  I suggest turning it into a game.  Once all bucket list items are checked off, your preschooler gets a special treat (maybe some candy corn, or a pumpkin shaped cookie).  Get it HERE
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For even more fall reading fun, check out our {FREE} #fallin2reading challenge.  Playing starts October 10th.  CLICK for details!

Happy reading,
Lisa

PS We’re offering a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet in two New Jersey locations on Thursday, October 6th.  CLICK details.  ​

PPS Did you know it’s National Coffee Day?  Here’s a #TBT picture of my delicious pumpkin latte from Piquant in Hyde Park Village, Tampa, FL.  I can.not.wait to enjoy this yummy goodness after Preschool Readers Presents Storytime In The Park with Princess Belle THIS Saturday, October 1st at 10:30.CLICK for details.
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