Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FEBRUARY ❤

WELCOME, FEBRUARY 
(upcoming events below πŸ‘‡)

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH πŸ“°
Early Literacy: How Parent Involvement Has Evolved by NeuroNet Learning.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH πŸŽ
‘Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.’
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BOOK OF THE MONTH πŸ“•

Love Monster by Rachel Bright
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APP OF THE MONTHπŸ“±

Nick Jr. Books App- ebooks offer interactive storytelling for kids.
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🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:

FLORIDA
Groupon Special:
33% off In-Home Reading Assessment
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NEW JERSEY
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Princeton: 
Princeton Playspace
Hoboken: Celebrate Life Studio
Montclair: L3 Academy
Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

PS Thank you to all of our friends and family who voted us Hulafrogs Most Loved Award in three cities  
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Multicultural Children’s Book Day


Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day πŸŽ‰
A day spent celebrating diversity in children’s books!  This amazing event is organized by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom.

‘Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content.  Mia and Valarie are on a mission to redress balance. Their focus is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries'. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide a new reading list for the winter and also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.’

This year I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to take part in Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a BOOK REVIEWER πŸ“š
When I heard they were looking for people to match with an author to review a children’s diversity book, I signed Preschool Readers immediately!  And lucky me, I was given two books to review!

“Content does matter, and we know that the more children read—especially about themselves—the better the odds are to close the achievement gap.”
Both The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website and the Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board are wonderful resources filled with booklists and reading ideas!  I highly recommend checking them out.

Now, time for my reviews!  Enjoy πŸ™‚

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers


Title: 
Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup
Author: Pamela Mayer
Illustrator: Deborah Melmon
Publisher: KAR-BEN Publishing
Year: 2016
Ages:
 4-9
Grade Level: PreK-3
To Purchase: Visit your Judaica gift shop or bookstore, or at 800-4KARBEN or online at www.karben.com / ebooks.karben.com

Two grandmas, two delicious recipes, and one Chinese Jewish granddaughter caught in the middle!

“Sophie loves playing dress-up with her Grandma Ellie, and she loves Bubbe’s Jewish chicken soup, made with kreplach.  She also loves painting with her Grandma Nancy, and Nai Nai’s Chinese chicken soup, with wonton.  But don’t tell Bubble and Nai Nai that their soups are the same!  In, Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup, Sophie solves the problem of which chicken soup is best, bringing her whole family together for a tasty surprise.  This multicultural story of a Jewish/Chinese child finding her place in her family is a perfect fit for today’s diverse Jewish community and the world at large.”

My Review/Thoughts
I read this book to my four-year-old niece.  The illustrations are perfect for her age group… colorful and large.  I felt my niece was immediately able to connect with the young girl as she seemed about her age and she too, has two wonderful grandmas she spends time with.

We read to learn, to gain knowledge.  And this story was filled with new concepts for me and my niece!  We read and enjoyed Googling the meaning of certain words, “Aunt Lisa, what’s a kreplach?”  Expanding vocabulary- check!

We made many text-to-self connections, “I like to cook with grammy too!” And “I like to paint with my Nona, just like Sophie!”

Each page has just the right amount of words which helps keep her attention.

Included in the back of the book are recipes for each of the grandma's soups which is a fun extension to the story!

In the end, Sophie realizes she has the best of both worlds being the granddaughter of two amazing, yet different, grandmas who can teach her different things.  And this makes for a wonderful topic of discussion for young children!


Title: 
Rice & Rocks
Author: Sandra L. Richards
Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
Publisher :WISE Ink Creative Publishing
Year:2017
Ages:5-9
To Purchase: Visit www.seattlebookcompany.com or call 734.426.6248

“Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is service rice and beans.  Giovanni is embarrassed- he does not like ‘rice and rocks’and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird.  But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue.  She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks  This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.”

My Review/Thoughts
The illustrations are wonderful...detailed and large which is catching.

We were whisked off to different locations on a pet parrot and learned how Giovanni’s three friends have grown up enjoying their own version of ‘rice and rocks.’ A wonderful story for any child embarrassed of their families tradition!

The story was filled with a rich vocabulary!

Although it says the story is suitable for children between the ages of 5-9, I believe it might be more enjoyable for the higher end of that scale as a result of the length of the story and the vocabulary.

A wonderful activity to go along with this book would be to include the last book (Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup) and make a Venn diagram of the similarities and differences between both stories.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Can you help me with something?

I’m a little embarrassed about asking πŸ™ˆ
but I also know that if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Here’s the thing, Hulafrog.com is a website that connects parents to local events and businesses in their community
as well as to each other.  It’s a wonderful resource for families!

They're currently running, ‘The Most Loved Awards,’ 
an award that recognizes the best local resources for kids and families in hundreds of communities across the country.  Kid-friendly restaurants, tutoring centers, play gyms, pediatricians, toy stores, preschools, libraries, dance studios, sports centers and more.

Would you mind showing your love for Preschool Readers by voting us the “2017 Most Loved” in our category?  
It takes less than a minute and we would be incredibly grateful for your support!  Just click on your city below.   
I’m so proud of the progress our students make while in Preschool Readers! 
Developing a love of reading, making learning to read fun and building their confidence is of utmost importance to us!

Our Preschool Reading Specialists are highly qualified
& experienced in the field of early literacy development.   All specialists have- Master of Education & teacher certification (some even hold a Reading and ESOL endorsement), and are caring, fun, patient, creative, high energy, motivating, and extremely positive!

As a small business, referrals are the only way Preschool Readers grows.
And your vote would give other parents a sense of the benefits of our reading services.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

PS Tampa Friends, check out South Tampa HulaFrogs Hot List of the 10 Ways To Celebrate Gasparilla In South Tampa! 
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Monday, January 9, 2017

I still can't believe it!

A new year... 2017! πŸŽŠ  
WELCOME, JANUARY 

BOOK OF THE MONTH πŸ“•
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (check out the read along with video HERE)
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ARTICLE OF THE MONTH πŸ“°

“The Sooner The Better: Early Childhood Education, A Key To Life-Long Success.” -  Forbes.com

QUOTE OF THE MONTH 🍎
“The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.” Bill Gates Sr.
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WEBSITE OF THE MONTH πŸ’»

PBS Reading Games

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

PS It's an ExCitInG day in Tampa today... The College Football Playoff National Championship game is tonight  Get into the spirit of the game with your little one: Check out these 10 books about football for kids
🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:
Want to see Preschool Readers sessions offered at an enrichment center near you?  Let us know!
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Thank You So Much!

(upcoming events below πŸ‘‡)
2016 was pretty amazing for Preschool Readers, Thank YOU!
We continued our partnership with The University of Tampa’s education department to provide free storytime in the park every first Saturday of the month.  But we also began a new partnership with Parties With Character, and the children have truly enjoyed storytime and pictures with a princess!
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Giving back is something we strive to do each year

and had a lot of fun in 2016 with Red Nose Day, Disney Reads, GiveDayTampaBay#GivingTuesday, and On Bikes to name a few.  


We also had a blast with our hashtag challenges this year

#WhatImReading, #ReadAThon16 #BookFaceFriday, #RAKweek, #WhereIRead, #NiceToMeetYouMonday, #SummerReadingSpot, #ElfieSelfie and #Fallin2Reading.


In 2016 Preschool Readers expanded to New Jersey

partnering with some amazing children’s enrichment centers: Princeton PlayspaceColorin Spanish Program, and Celebrate Life Studio (in addition to Allisongs For Tots & Village Square in South Tampa, FL).


And, our incredible team of Preschool Reading Specialists has grown!

I couldn’t be more grateful to work with such an awesome group of women!


I look forward to an amazing 2017

and wish you a very Happy New Year!

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers 

PS. I thought I’d share a few popular children’s book quotes as they seem fitting for the start of a new year :)
  • "You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!" — Dr. Seuss (Oh, The Places You'll Go!)
  • "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." — A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)
  • "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..." — Dr. Seuss (Oh, The Places You'll Go!)
  • "It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  My mom says some days are like that." — Judith Viorst (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day)
  • “I bet if you go through the rest of your life telling yourself, ‘I'm sparkling,’ you'll have a whole different energy and experience.”― Wendy Mass, “Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall”
  • “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”–  Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:
FLORIDA
  • Wednesday, January 11th from 5:30-6:00 join us at Allisongs For Tots for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.  
NEW JERSEY
  • Friday, January 6th from 3:00-3:30 join us at Princeton Playspace for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet. 
  • Tuesday, January 10th: from 5:00-5:30 join us at Celebrate Life Studio for a FREE Mini Assessment Meet & Greet.
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