Thursday, April 21, 2016

Why isn't anyone talking about this?

Research shows that children who feel love and have warm, affectionate relations with their parents are more likely to develop superior social skills.
Social skills have been linked not only with the capacity to develop friendships but also to emotional and mental health, self-esteem, school readiness, and academic competence.

But what exactly can you do to ensure you form a close emotional relationship with your child?
Cue, the ‘5 Love Languages for Children.’  In his book, Dr. Gary Chapman addresses the importance of identifying your child’s love language.

‘You know you love your child.  But how can you show it so they really feel loved?’ Is the question posed on the back of the book.

You can determine your child’s love language!
Dr. Chapman states kids, ‘desperately need to know how much you love them.  But if you don’t know their special “love language” you might as well be speaking gibberish.  Every child expresses and receives love best through one of five communication styles.’

Does your child feel loved best through quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service or physical touch? 
To determine just which “love language” your child speaks, click on the following links:

Once you’ve determined your child’s special “love language,” here is what you can do guarantee the love you express resonates in their souls.
Amy Blevins of Homeschool Encouragement shares 50 ‘practical, concrete ways to show your child that you love them’ by listing ideas for each of the five love languages.  Check it out, HERE.

Remember, academic achievement in the first few years of schooling is built on your child’s foundation of emotional and social skills.
So taking the time now, to determine just what your child needs to feel loved and respected, will help to secure your child’s future academic success!
Happy reading,
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Taylor Swift said to do it! 😜

A few nights ago, I stumbled upon the IHeartRadio Music Awards,
an award show that recognizes the most popular artists and music over the past year as determined by the network's listeners.

When I heard Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Album Of The Year, I knew I had to share it with you.
You can watch it here 👇 (fast forward to 1:10).


She thanked her parents for telling her she was ‘different,’ ‘unique’ and ‘special.’
That she could do whatever she wanted with her life.   Then she encouraged parents to do the same with their children.  
Her speech reminded me of a passage from the book i’m currently reading, Originals
In this book about how nonconformists move the world, Author Adam Grant,  ‘addresses the challenge of improving the world around us, from the perspective of becoming a trailblazer; choosing to go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.’
When we think about who will grow up to change the world, we usually think of child prodigies.  
Those children who ‘play Bach at four, breeze through calculus at six, and speak seven languages fluently by eight.’
But this group of child prodigies, very rarely go on to change the world.
Grant states that ‘although these children are rich in both talent and ambition, what holds them back is that they don’t learn to be original.  They conform to the codified rules of established games rather than inventing their own rules or their own games.’
It’s the creative, different, and unique who are making things happen.’s article, Why Creative Education Is Important For Kids, says ‘our children’s future success- and the country's- depends on the creative education they receive.’  However, as a result of much time spent preparing children for testing, less time is spent cultivating creativity.  So, provides tips and tricks for YOU to ‘crank up’ your child’s creativity and imaginative play, here.
At Preschool Readers, we love promoting cReATiViTy!
Yes, we have a structured curriculum, but we also have a Bag of Fun!  We encourage our students to decide what they want to play with and how they want to play with it.  Maybe they don’t want to use what we’ve brought over but instead want to ‘park’ their toy car on the correct sight word.  Or their doll wants to read the sight words in her baby doll voice.  We say, go for it!

(Bag of FUN 👇)

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola