Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center opened its first school in 1986 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Today there are more than 121 Rainbow Child Care Centers found in 15 states.

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The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool opened its doors in 2012, and continues to grow every year. If there is interest in your area, please let us know!

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Rainbow Referral

Rainbow Referral

Do you know a family in need of a Home Away From Home? Share the Rainbow Difference with the Rainbow Referral program and receive one free week of tuition!

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Dr. Seuss & Your Child

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, got his start in 1937 when he published his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, the first of many whimsical stories that continue to engage readers of all ages.

Dr. Seuss is best known for his imaginative writing style; a combination of playfulness and lyricism along with curvy and quirky illustrations, his stories helped eradicate those stale, dull primers that were used for so many years. He had a knack for making non-sense a reality and tapped into children’s already active imaginations.

Inspired by essays written about childhood learning, Dr. Seuss wrote to promote reading for all. Creating easy and memorable rhyming words, silly characters and entertaining plots, his stories appeal to many interests and have been inspiration for many writers. Exposing children to fun print at an early age encourages them to find other materials to read. By giving children access to using print and to seeing literate role models, all children can learn the functions of print and develop emergent literacy.

The best way to expose children to print and reading materials is for them to be read to! Finding 10-15 minutes a day to spend reading with your child will have a great impact on not just their reading skills, but their social and cognitive skills as well.  Hearing you read words off a page will help make the connection that each letter makes a sound, and that written words convey meaning.

Although Dr. Seuss’s books were mostly non-sense and fantasy based, connections to his stories can still be made. While reading his books to your children, along with reading aloud, you can also ‘Think Aloud’ to model how to make connections while reading. Helping children find and make connections to stories and book requires them to relate the unfamiliar text to their relevant prior knowledge. There are several comprehension strategies that help children become knowledgeable readers. Three are:

  1. Connecting the book to their own life experience
  2. Connecting the book to other literature they have read
  3. Connecting what they are reading to universal concepts

Helping children discover these connections requires planning and modeling.  Parents and teachers can support thinking, listening and discussion while modeling “think-alouds” which reveal the inner conversation readers have when they read.

So, pick up your favorite Dr. Seuss story, activate your imagination, and read with your child today! Have fun, and happy reading!

 

Sources:

www.denverpost.com

www.readingrockets.org

Keene & Zimmermann 1997