Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Top 3 Summer Musts!

1. Create A Summer Reading Spot: One of my favorite things to do in the summer is read a good book.  And what makes reading in the summer so special?  Summer reading spots! You can read 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 have them join you!   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 s'mores at the campfire.  Showing your child 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 (not just something they have to do)!  Check out, Summer Reading Spots, on our Preschool Readers Pinterest Page for more ideas.
2. 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.
3. Visit Your Local Library:  Check out this downloadable Library Scavenger Hunt by Layers of Learning to use with your little one on your next library visit!  Libraries offer so much more than books now… you can rent movies, magazines, and audiobooks!  And, most local libraries offer a variety of classes including storytime, baby & toddler time, arts & crafts, chess, yoga, puzzle classes… the list goes on and on (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.

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

 Splash Into Reading Summer Sessions
  • Sign up for our in-home Splash Into Reading Summer Sessions being offered in Tampa, FL & Princeton, NJ.  Click for more info.  Refer a Friend and if they sign up for Splash Into Reading Summer sessions, we’ll send you a $25 gift-card of your choice!
 Meet & Greets
  • Thursday, June 22nd: from 3:30-4:00 join us at Princeton Playspace, NJ for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.  Click link for details.
  • Friday, June 23rd: from 4:15-4:45 join us at Princeton Playspace, NJ for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.  Click link for details.
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