Friday, May 5, 2017

Is your Child Happy?

I recently read an article on Oprah.com entitled, The One Thing Every Parent Wants.
The article mentions a research study conducted in 67 countries where parents from diverse cultures, faiths and income levels were interviewed about what they most wished for their children.

The number one answer, happiness. 
Additionally, Oprah herself asked parents participating in her Be Happy E-Course what they wish for their children and found that 100 percent of parents chose happiness over wealth; 95 percent chose happiness over academic excellence; 95 percent chose happiness over fame, and 90 percent chose happiness over success.

I present this question to you because studies show a correlation between a child's level of happiness and their academic success.
An article posted from the Harvard Graduate School Of Education found that from elementary school to high school, happiness is positively correlated with motivation and academic achievement.

Most interesting to me was the research showing school happiness is positively associated with intrinsic motivation (a personal drive to learn) for all students, yet extrinsic motivation (outside sources like rewards, praise, or avoiding punishment) was specific to students in grades K–3.

So what can we do to ensure our children are happy?
According to Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist, and author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, we must help children develop a set of inner tools they can rely on throughout life.  The following are my suggestions when it comes to developing that inner set of tools.
My number one suggestion?  
Model happiness by being happy yourself :)

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers
🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:

PRINCETON, NJ & TAMPA, FL

Summer sessions are filling up quickly!  Connect with us today and your child could be reading one grade level higher by the time they start school in the fall!

TAMPA, FL
Preschool Readers Presents Free Storytime in the Park With Snow White!Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 AM @ Kate Jackson Park. Meet at our Little Free Library. Dress up in your favorite prince or princess costume and join us for a story, meet & greet and photos with princess Snow White!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

April

Our Preschool Readers Presents Storytime in the Park {Tampa, FL) Princess for May will be Snow White πŸŽ More info below.

WELCOME, APRIL 
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ARTICLE OF THE MONTH πŸ“°
Use Words To Teach Words,’ by Reading Rockets. Children who comprehend the most from their reading are those who know a lot about words. They are familiar with word prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and multiple meanings of words. Families can help develop word knowledge through simple conversations focused on words.  Click for full article.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH πŸŽ
“Between the day children are born and the day they go to kindergarten, there are 1,825 days their brains are soaking up information.”
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PODCAST OF THE MONTH πŸ“Ί

‘Meet The Experts,’ by Reading Rockets.  Reading Rockets' Meet the Experts podcast series provides an opportunity to learn about educational topics directly from authorities in the field. Watch exclusive interviews with prominent professionals, like Drs. Maryanne Wolf and Louisa Moats. Topics include how to identify reading difficulties, the importance of developing reading skills early, and the role of phonics in reading instruction.

BOOK RELEASE OF THE MONTH πŸ“•
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World,’ by Chelsea Clinton (Release date: May 30, 2017).  
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🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:

PRINCETON, NJ & TAMPA, FL

Join us for Splash Into Reading Sessions this summer!  Click for details.

TAMPA, FL
Preschool Readers Presents Free Storytime in the Park! Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 AM @ Kate Jackson Park. Meet at our Little Free Library. Dress up in your favorite prince or princess costume and join us for a story, meet & greet and photos with princess Snow White!

We had so much fun with our last reader, Princess Elena of Avalor, and hope you'll join us next month!


Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Meet George, Devon and Lucy!

George is 4 years old & lives in Princeton, NJ.  He starts Kindergarten in the fall.
He completed Preschool Readers phase one and after 24 sessions is reading on a kindergarten level.  His instructional level is first grade.
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Devon is 5 years old & lives in Tampa, FL.  He starts Kindergarten in the fall.

He completed phase two and after 24 sessions is reading on a first-grade level.  His instructional level is second grade.
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Lucy is 5 years old & lives in St. Petersburg, FL. She starts Kindergarten in the fall.
She just completed phase three and after 24 sessions is reading on a second grade level.  Her instructional level is third grade.
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These students were not reading prior to Preschool Readers.
They had shown an interest in reading and knew some letters and sounds, but were not fluent readers.

Yet, after only 24 sessions, each was ahead one full grade level in reading!
We worked with George, Devon, and Lucy only once a week for 30 minutes and they had no homework.  Plus, all sessions were hands-on and fun!

We’ve maximized their potential through accelerated instruction, giving them a true academic advantage!
Our systematic approach to sight word instruction was developed with the 80/20 principle in mind.  Not familiar?  Quickly learn about it here, Pareto Principle.

We’ve developed their confidence & love of reading,
in addition to providing them an edge up on demanding & rigorous school curriculum preventing them from struggling and falling behind once they start kindergarten.

If you sign up now, your child could be reading one grade level higher by the time they start school in the fall!*
Contact us today to find out if your child is ready to work one-on-one with their very own Preschool Reading Specialist. 

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

PS You may also be interested in downloading, 5 Signs Your Preschooler Is Ready To Read & our Frequently Asked Questions.

PPS Already in Preschool Readers but have some friends who may be interested?  Please forward this email :)

*Preschool Readers makes no promises in regard to your child’s reading performance.  There is no guarantee your child will end the program reading above level.  Daily review of your child’s sight words will greatly increasetheir reading success.  
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Way To Praise!

As a classroom teacher, I was taught that the most powerful praise is specific to student behavior.  
That praising on specific behavior is an effective management strategy for increasing appropriate behavior.

So I made a point to do just that...  
“It was so sweet of you to help your friend tie their shoelaces!”  “I am so proud of you for sharing your crayons with your friend!”

And I noticed a wonderful change in their desire to do the right thing.
They wanted my praise so they often continued those specific behaviors (helping friends, sharing etc).

However, since reading, ‘Originals: How Non-conformists Move The World’ by Adam Grant, I’ve been introduced to a different technique.  One that praises character.
I found this new way of praising so interesting and so different from what I've been doing... that I thought I would share it with you!

‘Many parents and teachers praise helpful (behaviors), but children are more generous when they’re commended for being helpful people- it becomes part of their identity.  If you see a child do something good, try saying, “You’re a good person because you_.”  Children are also more ethical when they’re asked to be moral people- they want to earn the identity.  If you want a child to share a toy, instead of asking, “Will you share?”  ask, “Will you be a sharer?”

Grant speaks of an experiment led by psychologist Joan Grusec.  Children were asked to share marbles with their peers.  A select group were assigned to be praised on their behavior, “It was good that you gave some of your marbles to those poor children.  Yes, that was a nice and helpful thing to do.”  The other group received character praise.  “I guess you’re the kind of person who likes to help others whenever you can.  Yes, you are a very nice and helpful person."

The study concluded that the children who received character praise were more generous.   Grant states that when our character is praised, we internalize it as part of our identities.  Instead of seeing ourselves as engaging in isolated moral acts, we start to develop a more unified self-concept as a moral person.

Grant says that, instead of asking whether this behavior will achieve the results they want, they take action because it is the right thing to do.

Whether you decide to praise on specific behavior or character, be generous with your praise.  
Preschoolers have an insatiable appetite for praise and the desire to please adults is an important influence on their motivation and learning.

Praising does not need to be boring...there are ways to make it fun!
Click to download ‘10 Ways To Praise’ brought to you by Brainy Teach Blog.  Print it out and keep it handy...these cheers are sure to make your preschooler giggle!

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Power Of Love ❤️

Research shows that children who feel love and have warm, affectionate relations with their parents are more likely to develop superior social skills.
Social skills have been linked not only with the capacity to develop friendships but also to emotional and mental health, self-esteem, school readiness, and academic competence.

But what exactly can you do to ensure you form a close emotional relationship with your child
Cue, the ‘5 Love Languages for Children.’  In his book, Dr. Gary Chapman addresses the importance of identifying your child’s love language.

‘You know you love your child.  But how can you show it so they really feel loved?’ Is the question posed on the back cover.

You can determine your child’s love language!
Dr. Chapman states kids, ‘desperately need to know how much you love them.  But if you don’t know their special “love language” you might as well be speaking gibberish.  Every child expresses and receives love best through one of five communication styles.’

Does your child feel loved best through quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service or physical touch?
Watch Dr. Gary Chapman speak about the five love languages of children, HERE.

To determine just which “love language” your child speaks, click on the following links:
Once you’ve determined your child’s special “love language,” here is what you can do guarantee the love you express resonates in their souls.
Amy Blevins of Homeschool Encouragement shares 50 ‘practical, concrete ways to show your child that you love them’ by listing ideas for each of the five love languages.  Check it out, HERE.

Remember, academic achievement in the first few years of schooling is built on your child’s foundation of emotional and social skills.
So taking the time now, to determine just what your child needs to feel loved and respected, will help to secure your child’s future academic success!



Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers
🍏 UPCOMING EVENTS:

Join us for Splash Into Reading Sessions this summer!  Click for details.
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Princeton, NJ Free Meet and Greet this Friday, March 17th from 4:00-4:30.  Click for more info.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FEBRUARY ❤

WELCOME, FEBRUARY 
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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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