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Ready Readers is pleased to announce that we have now created a separate support newsletter for the teachers in our program!  Teacher Link will come out seasonally, and will be full of teaching tips, extension activities for our gift books, and other material intended to support the work you do in the classroom.

Teacher Link fall 2016


As many early childhood programs are moving towards the model of Balanced Literacy, You may enjoy this informative article on how this model fits in with developmentally appropriate practice.  CLICK HERE to download it.

A really interesting read from NAEYC about how rap music can encourage emergent literacy… CLICK HERE to check it out!

Check out this new study as of May 2014, conducted by Washington University, that recommends “investing in quality early-childhood development for all children”  to overcome disparities for African American children in our region:


Click below to view the suggested discussion prompts for the fall 2014 and winter 2015 gift books:

Who’s Who? by Ken Geist

Goodnight St. Louis by June Herman and Julie Dubray

Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andraea

Ready Readers is proud to now provide PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS for educators!

Keep watching for upcoming workshops…

Exciting, easy-to-use methods will be presented to enhance your shared-reading experiences.  Participants will discover how to use interactive read-alouds to build a community of motivated learners through classroom-proven ideas that will engage young readers and develop their listening, comprehension, and emergent literacy skills through integrated, content-focused activities.  In addition, each participant will receive a compilation of extension activities related to the Ready Readers gift books, including connections to the newly revised Missouri Early Learning Goals AND two clock-hours of professional development!  Registration information will be emailed to our programs, as well as hand-delivered by our volunteers.

Here are a few comments from past attendees:

“This was a great workshop for me to help children become life-time learners through a love of reading!”

“Her method of sharing her knowledge and excitement about children learning helped refresh and motivate me–fun ideas that can be immediately implemented were shared after experiencing group learning!”

“I liked that it was a combination of lecture and participation. I also liked working with the other teachers… it’s a great way to bounce ideas off one another!”

“It was THE BEST PD I’ve been to in a long time. It made it even nicer that the presenter had a GREAT sense of humor.”


If you have had a Ready Reader in your classroom, we don’t need to sell you on the importance of reading aloud!  Instead, we thought you might enjoy a few resources to continue the literacy-based fun.

To access a packet of discussion prompts and activities to use with our 2012-2013 gift books, CLICK HERE!

For the 2013-2014 packet, CLICK HERE!

For a checklist that can help you assess your literacy program, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for a fantastic article on creating print-rich learning centers.

CLICK HERE for another great article that includes tips on adding books to learning centers.

For ideas on developing a vocabulary-rich curriculum, CLICK HERE.

For a glimpse into phonological awareness (sensitivity to the sound structure of language) and the ways you encourage and strengthen it in the classroom, CLICK HERE.

Do you have dual-language learners in your classroom?  If so, THIS ARTICLE includes great suggestions for bringing storytime to life for these kiddos.

Literature can have a positive effect on family stressors.  To learn more about this topic and gather ideas to share with families, CLICK HERE.

While I fully understand that there are textbooks and courses designed to address the monumental task of identification and remediation of reading difficulties, THIS HANDOUT at least gives you a glimpse into potential challenges and tips for tackling them.

Reading Rockets and Get Ready to Read are both EXCELLENT websites full of information to assist you with curriculum planning.  Please check them out!