Raptor Reading Program

 

The word 'raptor' comes from the Latin word, rapere, which means to seize or capture.

Would you love to seize the opportunity to help further prepare your preschooler for kindergarten?  What if you could capture some great memories and foster your child’s love of learning? This is what the Raptor Reading Program is all about.

 

EYAS Preschool would like to challenge you to read just 1 book every day to your preschooler. This program is not required but strongly encouraged for many reasons.  Just imagine, if you participate, over the course of 16 weeks (1 semester) you and your child will have bonded over approximately 112 books.  Combine that with what we will be reading in preschool (approx. 30 books per semester) and your child will have experienced over 140 books per semester and more than 280 by the end of the year! Continue reading to your child in the summer and that would be 365 books in one year.  If your child is in preschool for 2 years they will have experienced 730 books before kindergarten.  Imagine the skills, vocabulary and personal bond you will have helped your child grasp.  How awesome is that! 

 

We all know that reading is good for our children, but did you know studies show reading aloud…

  • Contributes to future reading success.

  • Builds language, vocabulary, and literary skills.

  • Stimulates a child’s interests, emotional development, and imagination.

  • Gives children an opportunity to see that reading can be exciting and fun.

  • Gives preschoolers the freedom to venture into new worlds filled with adventure.

 

How to Participate

To start you will be given a few reading list sheets. 

  • Now pick a fun book and seize the opportunity to read together.  It is ok to repeat books.

  • Once you have completed the book; log it down on the reading list sheet. 

  • Repeat this process for 7 days. 

  • Once the sheet is full send it to preschool with your son/daughter and we will track it here in the classroom.  If you read more than the 7 required books, you may list them on the back of the sheet and we will track those as well.

  • Start a new sheet and keep reading.

Each time a 28 book milestone is reached your son/daughter will be receive a small prize.

 

In order to add more interest, preschoolers will occasionally have an opportunity to take home a book bag and “reading buddy.”  Each child will be asked to choose three books from our library to take home. When it is your child’s turn, please read the books to him/her and then return the books and reading buddy the next day. The goal of this program is to make reading at home more fun for parents and children, and to provide new books to add to each child’s book list.

 

Raptor Tips for Reading to Your Preschooler

 

It is never too early to start reading to your child.   If children learn early to associate reading as a pleasurable experience they will be more likely to enjoy reading on their own as they grow. Seize the opportunity to RAPTOR read.

 

R - Relative

A - Act

P - Participation

T - Touch

O - Oasis

R – Routine & Repetition

 

  • Relative reading – Find books about things that interest your child. If possible take your child to the library and encourage them to choose books that interest them.

  • Act it out – children like to do what is entertaining and exciting.  Be silly and bring stories to life by changing your voice and making sounds.  It’s healthy for your child to see you laughing and having fun.  Do they have a favorite toy?  Try incorporating them into your reading.  For example, read to the toy or have the toy act out part of the story.

  • Participation – encourage your child to read a few sight words (I, he, mom, dog etc.) Ask questions about what they see in the pictures or have them count something on the pages with you.  Ask your child to guess what they think will happen next in the story.  By doing this you can take a book from a 5 minute bonding session to 10 or 15 minutes.

  • Touch - hold them while you read for as long as you can and are able to.  Studies show this will help them associate reading with positive emotions and connections.

  • Oasis – find or create a place where you can be devoted to your child and the time spent reading.  Put distractions (cell phones, turn TV off, etc.) away.  Make reading something that your child looks forward to, this should be a meaningful time you will be spending with your son/daughter. Let them know they are the focus.

  • Routine and Repetition – Not all children are the same; some love bedtime stories while others may enjoy a morning one.  Find a time that works best for you and your child; then try to make that part of your daily routine. Many children like to repeat stories.  This repetition helps with developing memory skills.