Tammie Benham, Assistant Director of the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC), is one of the sponsors of 2009 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers…About Fitness! She shares an additional resource if librarians, educators, and preschool teachers are interested. From Learning Connections and award-winning literacy expert Judy Guenzel comes a literacy kit for teachers and parents based on this year’s book choice for Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, Wiggle!
Judy taught kindergarten, first and second grades for 26 years for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, NE. In 2002, she contracted with Great Plains National, co-owners of the children’s television program Reading Rainbow, as an Educational Consultant to write and create curriculum guides, theme weeks and lesson plans for the Reading Rainbow website, and literacy kits. Judy also created and presented a variety of workshops in California, Ohio, Missouri and Kansas.
Judy Guenzel wrote the literacy kit Piggy in the Puddle for Reading Rainbow that won the 2004 Parents’ Choice Award from Learning Magazine, an award judged by teachers.
Do you wake up with a wiggle? Do you wiggle out of bed? For energetic toddlers (are there any who aren’t?), here’s a book that invites them to wiggle along with the story. Told in rollicky, wiggly rhyme that begs to be read again and again, Doreen Cronin’s latest romp will have toddlers wiggling, giggling and then (hopefully) falling into bed, blissfully exhausted!
Parent packs for this wonderful kit are: English $17 and Spanish $18, and the literacy kit for teachers is $44.95. For more information or to order: Learning Connections, 3520 Hanson Dr., Lincoln, NE 68502 or http://www.learningconnectionsweb.com/readingrainbow.html.
For other ideas to implement during 2009 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, visit the Wiggle page on the Kansas Center for the Book website at www.kcfb.info and click on the Toolkit.