1. Create A Summer Reading Spot: One of my favorite (and most relaxing) things to do in the summer is read a good book. And what makes reading in the summer so special? Summer reading spots, of course! Reading in a beach chair, a hammock, or a floaty in the pool. An airplane headed to your summer vacation destination, a tent while camping, or even on a blanket while picnicking in the park. You are your child’s reading role model, so be sure to join them! Parents who model their love of reading help their children learn to love reading too. So pack a yummy lunch, a blanket, some good books and head to the park. Toss some books in your beach bag beside your towels, buckets and shovels. Read aloud tall tales while toasting smores at the campfire. Showing your little one that reading is something to be enjoyed ALL year round in ALL locations (not just during the school year or at night before bed) will make them realize that reading is actually...FUN (not just something they have to do). Check out, Summer Reading Spots, on our Preschool Readers Pinterest Page for more ideas.
2. Visit Your Local Library: Kids LOVE visiting the library and books are not the only reason. You can rent movies, magazines, and audiobooks! And, most local libraries offer a variety of classes including storytime time, baby & toddler time, arts & crafts, chess, yoga, puzzle classes… the list goes on and one (check out the adult classes too)! To find out what your local library offers, head over to their website and find the events calendar, or stop by to pick up a summer schedule. If you haven’t been in a while, I think you’ll be surprised by all they now offer. The best part? It’s FREE!
3. Play (& Learn) Outside: Outdoor play is a multi-sensory activity. Children see, hear, smell and touch things unavailable to them when they play outside. They use their brains in unique ways as they come to understand these new stimuli. So, head outside to work with your child on their letters or their sight words. Some ideas include: using chalk on the sidewalk or driveway, tracing in the sand, using a cool stick to write in the mud. Maybe they want to ‘paint’ their words? Grab a bucket filled with water and a paintbrush! Use rocks, twigs or leaves to form letters or words. For more ideas, check out, Letters & Words in The Great Outdoors, and Water Time Fun, on our Preschool Readers Pinterest Page.
Splash Into Reading with Preschool Readers! Join us this summer while our Preschool Reading Specialists use a variety of WATER based hands-on, literacy-rich, games and activities to make reading FUN for your 3-5-year old. Students who do not read over the summer will lose reading achievement. It's called the "summer slide," and this reading loss is cumulative. We're making reading FUN this summer with sight word water balloons, water guns, beach balls, fishing for sight words... the list goes on! CLICK for details.
... the newest member of our Preschool Readers family!
I’m excited to announce that Ashton Manis is now a Tampa Preschool Reading Specialist!
Ashton Manis is a passionate kindergarten teacher who is new to the Hillsborough County School District. She has been teaching for over six years. In that time, she has taught preschool and pre-kindergarten in New York City and first grade in Orlando. She received her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida in 2009 and her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from New York University.
Fun Q & A with Ashton:
Q:When you were a child, what story did you love to read (or have read to you)? A: Winnie-the-Pooh.
Q: Now that you are an adult, what children’s book do you like and feel all kids should have on their bookshelf? A: I love all Dr. Seuss books. My students always get excited when I read them and most of the books are great for beginning readers.
Q:Why do you love reading? A:I love that reading can take you to a different place. It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’re having when you pick up a good book you can get lost in it and forget about all of life's distractions.
Q:Who is your favorite author? A:J.K. Rowling, I love her creativity.
Q:What is one word you would use to describe yourself as a preschooler? A:Attentive.
Q:Who was your favorite childhood teacher and why? A: Ms. Tedford, she made every day exciting and made learning fun and interactive.
Q: Why do you love teaching? A:My favorite thing about teaching is not knowing what the day will bring for my class and I. I can plan and prepare for the day but some days my students take the lesson in a completely different direction and sometimes the best lessons I’ve taught are when the students take the lead.
Q:Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you'd know that… A: I love my two crazy dogs more than anything.
Happy reading, Lisa
PS Did you see how much FUN we had on #RedNoseDay? Check out our video below...