BOOK OF THE MONTH 📕 Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson. Not only a great book, but check out the website, roomonthebroom.com to purchase the movie version of the book, download printable activities related to the story, and download fun apps with games related to the story! ‘The story of a witch, a group of animals who help her, good manners, friendship, and cooperation is fun to read aloud because of its rhythm and rhyme. Kids love the repetition, the appealing story, and the illustrations.’
EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE MONTH 🎮 Alpha-Bots. ‘Ordinary letters one moment...extraordinary robots the next! With just a few twists & turns, our chunky letters transform into super-cool robots that kids can’t resist. 26 Alpha-Bots each change into a different letter of the alphabet—helping kids boost letter skills as they play!’
MAGAZINE OF THE MONTH 📰 TIME The Science of Childhood. ‘Every moment is a learning experience for babies and young children. Now the editors of TIME bring you the latest science and research to guide you in understanding your children’
QUOTE OF THE MONTH 🍎 "Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." -- Marva Collins
All of our Preschool Reading Specialists are classroom teachers and hold either an M.Ed or M.A. In addition, they’ve obtained a variety of teaching certifications and endorsements.
Before they were teachers, many were babysitters, camp counselors, tutors... In other words, they’ve been working with and around children for a while!
So I was curious to know what children’s books they feel all children should have on their bookshelf. I asked a few of our reading specialists and here’s what they said...
"Children should have 'Where the Wild Things Are' on their bookshelf."- Ms. Michelle
"Olivia the Pig and the rest of her series, and other books that empower students to form opinions while helping them to love reading." - Ms. Jacqueline
"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." - Ms. Ashton
"I love all books by Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny, Elephant, and Piggie, Don’t Let the Pigeon....). I think that he is a great author for emergent readers, as his stories are interactive and engaging." - Ms. Tara
As for me, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. The perfect book to read before sending your child off to preschool, kindergarten… or college! - Ms. Lisa
Just a little #FlashBackFriday fun in the spirit of ‘Back To School!’ Can you find your child’s Preschool Reading Specialist below?
Empathetic, attentive, stubborn, outgoing, shy, silly, energetic, inquisitive, mothering…find out what one word they used to describe themselves as a preschooler ↓
1. Mary DeBevoise, empathetic
2. Ashton Manis, attentive
3. Nina Bac, Inquisitive
4. Me, stubborn
5. Tara McGuinness, mothering
6. Jenna Angell, shy
7. Jacqueline Posada, outgoing
8. Kirby Erlandsson, silly
9. Michelle Ragonese, energetic
And as you prepare your energetic, silly, stubborn, fill-in-the-blank, child for a new school year, check out 101 Back-to-School Tips For Kids and Parents from Care.com where they interviewed a family psychologist and psychotherapist on how parents can get a jump on the school year. These tips help ease kids back into the school year, while also managing parent stress!
Happy reading, Lisa
PS A bigTHANK YOU to our friends at Little Hoboken Blog for including us on their 'Hoboken HookUp' card. If you live in the Hoboken area and don't have a HookUp card yet, be sure to get one, they offer amazing deals!
While our New Jersey families still have a few weeks of summer left, today is back to school for our Florida families! A great way to prepare children for the start of the new school year is through stories.
My favorite Back To School Book is The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. When I was a kindergarten teacher, I read it every year on the first day of school. Chester, the main character, is a young raccoon who is nervous about going to school. His mother kisses his center palm and tells him that "whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, 'Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you.'" Chester is comforted and goes to school.
Since I know just how comforting a great Back To School book can be for a child, I thought I’d list a few for you.
EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE MONTH 🌟 Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set. Children explore the world of A to Z with colorful letter tiles that talk, sing and teach about the alphabet.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH 💻 Brightly Kids YouTube Channel. Brightly is a resource to help parents raise lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, Brightly features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.
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 actually...fun (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.
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.
Refer a Friend and if they sign up for Enrichment Center sessions, we’ll send you a $25 gift-card of your choice!
LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO GET YOUR PRESCHOOLER STARTED ON THE ROAD TO READING SUCCESS!