Whether it’s through style, strong families, creative play, or education, the Junior Baby Hatter family is all about building confident kids. Building confidence is also the core of Lisa Vodola’s Preschool Readers program. Preschool Readers is designed for 3-5 year old students to feel great about themselves and their ability to read through instruction that looks more like play.
After a 30 minute trial session, my three year old, Adam, walked away recognizing three sight words and could read a complete sentence! I was completely shocked at how fast you see results in your child’s reading in just one session, and Adam absolutely loved the experience. Following our session I asked Lisa a few questions about what inspired her to create such a fun and effective reading program.
Why did you start Preschool Readers?
Prior to Preschool Readers, I was a special needs kindergarten teacher. As I taught I kept my favorite Maya Angelou quote close to my heart, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” More than anything I wanted my students to feel safe and cared for. I wanted them to feel smart, confident about themselves and their abilities, and to grow to feel successful and significant in life. However, year after year I saw them struggle with reading. I watched as their confidence diminished. They didn’t want to try anymore. In essence, they stopped feeling good about reading. And as the standards increased, becoming more rigorous and demanding, I realized I had to change the way I taught my reading lessons. That same Maya Angelou quote was behind the first change I made...I knew that if I could only help to make them feel good about their reading abilities, then I’d quickly see a change in their attitude towards reading. Once I built up their confidence I saw a huge change in their desire to learn! With the realization that nurturing this confidence prior to the start of kindergarten would make academic success inevitable thus leading to a lifetime of advantages, I developed Preschool Readers. Preschool Readers truly accelerates the reading process for preschoolers; maximizing their potential, building their confidence and guaranteeing a solid foundation in reading…. in a fun and interactive way!
What’s a good age to begin reading instruction?
At Preschool Readers we work with children between the ages of 3-5. Find out if your child is ready, download our checklist...Top 5 Signs Your Child Is Ready To Read
How is Preschool Readers different from other reading programs for young kids and toddlers such as Hooked on Phonics?
All sessions are taught by our highly qualified Preschool Reading Specialists using the Preschool Readers program. This program consists of a proven systematic approach to sight word instruction integrated with the Common Core Standards.
What are sight words? The most frequently used and repeated words in the English language are known as sight words and as much as 75% of all reading texts are made up of these words! Typically, these high-frequency words do not follow regular phonics patterns or spelling rules, making them very difficult for young children to sound out or decode. As a result, one of the most powerful reading tools that we can help a child develop is sight word recognition. Sight word recognition improves reading fluency, allowing them to focus their efforts on the more mentally demanding tasks of reading comprehension.
Using a variety of hands-on, multisensory, literacy-rich games and activities, our Preschool Reading Specialists provide a truly engaging and FUN approach to learning to read, one that creates a lifetime of academic advantages and success!
Our Preschool Reading Specialists are well- educated and experienced in the field of early literacy development. All specialists have- Master of Education, teacher certification, and minimum 5 years working with children. Additionally, some of the specialists hold a Reading and/or ESOL endorsement (English Speakers of Other Languages). Our Preschool Reading Specialists are caring, fun, patient, creative, high energy, motivating, and extremely positive!
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Does this program work for ESL students or children who primarily speak a language other than English at home?
I currently work with students whose primary language at home is Spanish. The parents actually wanted me to work with their children so that their child's pronunciation of words was correct. However, both the child and parent do speak English it's just that the parents native language is Spanish so they wanted to make sure their child was using the correct pronunciation and tense.
Honestly, I've never taught the program to a student who doesn't speak English at all... just students who speak two languages at home.
Is Preschool Readers a good supplement to education for children already enrolled at full-time or part-time preschool? Will a child become burned out from additional reading instruction?
Most preschools provide a phonics approach to reading instruction and Preschool Readers provides a systematic approach to sight word instruction… this combination makes for a well balanced approach to reading instruction.
We’ve never had a child burn out as a result of working with us. Actually, we’ve had parents think their child might be burned out during a certain period of time (school starting back up, playing sports during a season etc) so they call us to put their child's sessions on hold until that busy time is over… only to call us back within the week because their child started crying when they told them they wouldn’t be having reading sessions!
Our students LOVE their reading sessions. We play games, praise them, and end the lesson with a treat!
Does the program work for stay-at-home children and parents?
Yes, the program works for stay-at-home children and parents.
What is the benefit of your child learning to read earlier than school standards? Will a child be bored in school if they are ahead in their reading level?
Learning to read early gives children an edge up on the demanding and rigorous school curriculum, preventing them from struggling and falling behind. However, it’s not just about reading early… it’s about developing a love of learning and building their confidence. A confident child believes in their abilities and is more likely to try new things and take on challenges.
What does the program involve? How many sessions are included?
Sessions are held once a week for thirty minutes. The program is twenty four sessions long and after successfully completing those twenty four sessions, most children are reading on an ending kindergarten/beginning first grade reading level.
How much does the program cost?
Enrichment Center Sessions (small group) are $219 every four sessions and In-Home Sessions (one-on-one) are $299 every four sessions.
Are there any discounts for enrolling more than one child?
We offer a 10% discount for the second child.
How can parents continue to develop their child’s reading skills after the program?
We ask that parents continue reviewing their child’s Preschool Readers sight words and little readers after the completion of the program. We also offer a downloadable review workbook that parents can purchase, print out, and work on at home with their preschooler. Parents can also choose to continue onto phase two and three.
Preschool Readers is currently enrolling at Celebrate Life in Hoboken. Sign up today to reserve your spot!
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner of Preschool Readers is passionate about fostering a love of, and building excitement around learning to read for preschoolers. To learn more about Lisa and Preschool Readers, visit PreschoolReaders.com and connect on YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Get free tips & activities for your preschooler and stay up-to date on all that is happening at Preschool Readers by signing up for their free newsletter.