Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Do you know your child's learning style?

But first… have you seen our new website?  
I couldn’t be happier with the look!  It’s been completely updated.  Check out our brand new responsive interface now at www.preschoolreaders.com.  
 

 
I didn’t know my learning style until my last year of college.
I remember watching my roommate study for her upcoming test.  She was sitting at the table writing the same fact over and over again until she filled up every line on one entire page of her notebook.  She did the same thing for each fact she had to learn.  
 
At first, I thought she was crazy.  Then, I tried it and realized how well it worked for me!
 
This explained so much.  Lectures were always incredibly difficult for me.  I would constantly drift off  and start thinking about other things.  When I was a classroom teacher, faculty meetings were terrible.  I had to doodle or take down notes just to stay focused on the speakers words.  And something as simple as books on tape, never keep my attention.
 
Clearly, I’m a visual learner.
 
Had I known my learning style earlier, it would have made a world of a difference.
I wouldn’t have felt so frustrated or thought, ‘what’s wrong with me?  Why can’t I just focus and study like everyone else?  Why is paying attention to my teacher so difficult?'
 
Understanding your child’s learning style can assure confidence and academic success!
The following websites provide quizzes to help identify your child’s learning style.  
 
At Preschool Readers, we provide one-on-one instruction which enables our Preschool Reading Specialists the ability to better understand your preschoolers unique needs.
We are able to customize instruction to support his or her individual learning style- avoiding frustration in their ability to understand the material presented.  Find out more, here.
 
Happy reading,
Lisa


 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Food For Thought..

“Children who have exceptional ability in reading and working with text information are considered gifted readers (Mason & Au, 1990).
Gifted readers read voraciously, perform well above their grade levels, possess advanced vocabularies and do well on tests (Vacca, Vacca & Gove, 1991).
 
They usually have advanced language abilities in comparison with children of the same age. They use words easily, accurately, and creatively in new and innovative contexts and speak in semantically complex and syntactically complicated sentences (Bond & Bond, 1983).

Many children later identified as gifted, enter school knowing how to read. 
Approximately half of the children classified as gifted by intelligence tests could read in kindergarten, and nearly all of them could read at the beginning of first grade (Burns & Broman, 1983).

Their reading abilities develop... in home environments
where literacy is valued and language usage is encouraged (Durkin, 1966). They have been immersed in a print-rich environment...(Teale, 1982).” -Resource

Wondering if you’re fostering a print-rich environment for your preschooler?
Find out now by downloading our checklist HERE.

Want your preschooler to enter school knowing how to read?
Contact us today!

Happy reading,
Lisa

PS Have a moment?  Watch this preschooler read words like, 'moment,' 'natural,' and 'poem.'

(Click HERE to watch the video) 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The 5-Finger Rule

Struggling with how to find out if a book is too hard, too easy, or just right for your child?
 
When books are too challenging, it can be frustrating and your child may get discouraged. Books on your child’s reading level will help build confidence and allow them to grow as a reader!
 
Check out The 5- Finger Rule!

In order to use this strategy, have your child open a book to the middle and begin reading. For each word the child doesn’t know, put up one finger. If at the end of the page you have:
 
0-1 fingers up- too easy
1-2 fingers up- perfect choice
3-4 fingers up- give it a try
5+ fingers up- too hard
 
Please keep in mind that the 5- Finger Rule doesn’t measure comprehension.  It’s just a quick and easy way to find books your child can read independently.

Maybe you don’t need this rule because you already know your child’s reading level.  

We are halfway through the school year.  At this point your child’s teacher has probably shared their reading level with you.  
 
They may have given you a letter (guided reading level). They may have given you a number (Lexile measure).  Both work!

Now you need help finding books on their level.
Wouldn’t it be great if the books had their level listed right on the cover?  
 
Since they don’t...
 
These links should help!
   
  • Check out this LIST of books by title and author.  
   
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist, Consultant & Owner, Preschool Readers
 
PS Join us THIS Saturday, March, 5th at 10:30 am at our Little Free Library located in Kate Jackson Park near Hyde Park Village for FREE storytime!