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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Monday, September 19, 2016

have you heard the news yet?

Hello!
Just a quick email to let you in on all that’s {FREE} happening in both New Jersey and Florida!

MANHATTAN 🚕
But first, Preschool Readers is expanding to Manhattan.  Get on our waitlistand you’ll be the first to be notified when we launch!  Have friends who might be interested?  Please pass this along!

TAMPA 🌴 
{FREE} Preschool Readers Presents Storytime In The Park!  Saturday, October 1st, 10:30 am @ Kate Jackson Park.  Dress up in your favorite prince/princess costume and join us for a story, meet & greet and photos with Princess Belle!   Let us know you’ll be there.

{FREE} Merris Pope of Preschool Readers is bringing Hulafrog to South Tampa!  Sign up for their free newsletter and be the first to hear about the best things to do and places to go with your kids in South Tampa!

NEW JERSEY  🍎
{FREE} Mini Assessment Meet & Greet: Thursday, October 6th, 5:00 at Little Dreamers Play Cafe, Sea Girt, NJ.  Register for this FREE event.  Our POP-UP sessions at Little Dreamers Play Cafe begin Thursday, October, 13th so we're hosting this event to determine your child's readiness in our POP-UP sessions.

{FREE} Mini Assessment Meet & Greet: Thursday, October 6th, 3:00 at Colorin Spanish Program, Eatontown, NJ.  Register for this FREE event.  Our POP-UP sessions at Colorin Spanish Program begin Thursday, October, 13th so we’re hosting this event to determine your child's readiness in our POP-UP sessions.

Happy Monday,
Lisa, Preschool Readers
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Meet Alissa, my soon-to-be- sister-in-law! 💍

With school in full swing, I thought the perfect interview for our September Educational Expert Series would be with a nutrition therapist.  
I completely understand preschoolers are picky eaters, but, I also know they can easily be tricked into eating healthy foods.

(one year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, instead of having a classroom party with green cupcakes and cookies, I had the parents send in healthy green food with fun dips!  We had celery with peanut butter, green apples with caramel dip, broccoli with ranch dressing, yummy green grapes etc… the kids LOVED it;))

When I was a teacher I was shocked by what was sent in with my kiddos for snack and lunch.
Even when food wasn’t sent in, I was often shocked by what they were able to pick from the cafeteria line.  FYI- when a 5-year-old is given permission to chose their own lunch in the cafeteria line, it often consists of chicken nuggets, pizza, french fries and chocolate milk!

So I thought I’d reach out to my soon to be AMAZING sister in law (my brother is getting married in May) for advice on this topic!
 
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Your name:  

Alissa Hagan, Registered Dietitian

Your job title: 
Nutrition Therapist

How can parents plan a balanced lunch for their preschooler:  
Children's minds and bodies are continuously developing from the time they are born and even into late adolescence.  Adequate nutrition is important and giving your child a variety of different foods to the best of your ability is the greatest way to meet all their nutritional needs.  Providing small portions of a variety of different items (3-4) will keep your child interested and encourage them to try different foods while also getting in all their different needs.  Try choosing foods of different colors, different shapes, and different food groups to get a variety of nutrients that are vital for proper development.

What are some food ideas for a preschooler’s lunch bag: 
Give a variety of different fruits or vegetables depending on your child's likes and dislikes.  Ask your child to pick a color for the day and give them a variety of fruits and vegetables that match that color.  Aim for dairy products as well to help with the development of strong bones and teeth (yogurts, cheese, milk).  A source of protein (meats, nuts, cheese, beans) is important to help with muscle and brain growth. Fats have received a bad reputation but are extremely important for children as they help with the proper development of the brain so be sure not to completely limit your child's intake of fat.  Remember though that school lunches may not be the best place to try a new food and ensuring they eat enough while they are at school is important for them to have the energy to pay attention in class.

Is it okay to give preschoolers juice or flavored milk: 
Juice and flavored milk are an OK option as long as it is given in moderation.  A better idea to help your child meet both their energy and vitamin/mineral needs is to make a smoothie using milk or yogurt and mixing your child's favorite fruit into a blender.  

Will foods with additives affect a preschooler's behavior… will sugar make them hyperactive or cause misbehavior: 
There is no scientific research to support a negative relationship between food additives and a certain amount of sugar with children's behaviors.  It's also important to remember that one size does not fit all when it comes to children's nutrition.  Parents know best when it comes to feeding their child so follow your instincts  around what and how much to give them of anything.

How important is eating breakfast for a preschooler:
EVERY MEAL and SNACK is important for growing children.  Try providing structured small meals and snacks throughout the day to ensure your child is getting adequate energy.

How can parents get their child to eat more at meal times: 
Involve your child in the grocery shopping and cooking process to get them excited about what they have to eat.  A parent is the most influential person in a child's life so model good eating habits by trying new things together.  Avoid any distractions that may interfere with the task of eating, try eating together at a dinner table and interact with your child while they eat. Give them a reward for taking a few more bites of what they were willing to eat like story time together.

What’s your number one tip for ensuring preschoolers have a healthy diet: 
Be patient with your child and remember that when it comes to nutrition, the parent knows best!

What book do you recommend parents read to their preschooler that promote good nutrition, healthy eating, and respect for one’s body:  
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

And just for fun… what is one word you would use to describe yourself as a preschooler:
Shy

Happy reading,
Lisa

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

fOuR 4 SePtEmBeR + New POP-UP location

Welcome, September! 
🍂 🍃 🍁 
(scroll down for our newest POP-UP location)
 
BOOK OF THE MONTH 📕
The Kissing Hand
- by Audrey Penn
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ARTICLE OF THE MONTH 📰
Educating An Original Thinker
- Jessica Lahey
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH 🍎
“They May Forget What You Said But They Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel”- Maya Angelou
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VIDEO OF THE MONTH 📼
Baby Got Class-- A Back To School Parody 
-by the Holderness family
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Happy September!
Lisa Vodola

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