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SPROUT® TEAMS WITH TEN MAYFLOWER PRODUCTIONS TO ENCOURAGE PRESCHOOLERS TO READ WITH “CAN I READ TO YOU?” PROGRAM
Select Stories from “Can I Read To You?” to Air Exclusively on Sprout During The Good Night Show During the Week of December 19
Philadelphia, PA – December 16, 2011 – 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout has teamed up with Ten Mayflower Productions to encourage preschool-aged children to read with “Can I Read To You?,” an innovative and entertaining program designed for preschoolers in which young children listen to stories read to them by other, slightly older children. Segments from the “Can I Read To You?” DVD will air exclusively on Sprout during its popular bedtime block, The Good Night Show, during the week of December 19.
“Reading aloud to children is one of the best ways to help them become confident and capable readers and writers,” said Dr. Michelle Albright, PhD, director of Albright Educational Consulting, clinical psychologist and author. “Although parents are encouraged to read frequently to their children, listening to an older child read can serve as an especially important model and motivator for younger developing readers.
“Can I Read To You?” features children reading storybooks as if they are reading directly to the viewer. As children read the books, close-ups of the illustrations are shown accompanied by background music and sound effects to create an inventive and compelling visual and audio experience.
“We are excited to share these unique segments with our Good Night Show viewers,” said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming for Sprout. “Our bedtime block is all about helping parents wind down their children after a busy day and these interstitials featuring real kids reading books gives parents a new, entertaining and positive tool to help foster their preschooler’s love of reading and get them ready for bed.”
All the stories featured in “Can I Read To You?” deal with common issues and scenarios experienced by young children such as bedtime, feelings and manners, and listening to these stories can be a way to introduce topics as well as starting point for discussion.
|Learn Something||Fall update: As we (children and adults alike!) settle into another school year, it’s a great opportunity to establish practices and patterns that promote learning. Even if your child is in preschool or Kindergarten, you can help build healthy habits that will benefit your child throughout his/her school career. Regardless of your child’s age or grade, make reading a part of the daily routine. The more children read (or are read to), the better readers they are likely to become. Find 15 minutes in the afternoon or evening to set aside for reading; you can read to your child, have your child read to you, or each read on your own while sitting together. If you have older children, you can encourage them to read to younger siblings or use the time for their own independent reading – both activities will benefit their own language and literacy skills. Making time for reading every day increases your child’s exposure to books and language, it fosters skills related to reading and writing, and demonstrates the importance of literacy in your home.|
|Do Something||Find out more about Fall. Fall is filled with exciting events that you and your child can learn more about. Explore your backyard or neighborhood and make a list with your child of all the changes you see. Then find a book about why leaves shift colors, what happens when the first frost arrives, what animals do when the weather gets colder, or why children dress in costumes for Halloween and read it with your child – you both may learn something!
Learn about your local library. A new school year usually brings new books and new activities to the library. Visit your local library or check out their website for information about programs for children and adults. Often these programs are free of charge for community residents and provide a great way to learn about new topics and new neighbors. The children’s librarian is also a great resource – talk to him/her about their favorite books for children and new additions to the library catalog.
Create a new calendar. Use construction paper, scissors, and crayons or markers to create a calendar with your child. (You can also purchase a themed calendar based on their favorite animal, sport, or character). Help your child personalize their calendar by writing their name, drawing pictures of the activities they usually attend or upcoming appointments, and using stickers to mark special occasions or holidays. This will help develop reading and writing skills, as well as with household scheduling and organization!
|Ask Something||What if my child doesn’t seem interested in learning to read? Learning to read can be a daunting task for young children; for preschoolers focus on exposing children to language and books rather than attempting to teach the mechanics of reading and writing. Make the experience of reading exciting, appealing and enjoyable for your child. Think about the activities, characters, or animals your child is interested in and find books or magazines about these topics with lots of colorful illustrations or use the computer to find related images and videos. Share these with your child and encourage them to look at the pictures, ask questions, and make up their own stories rather than reading text. Then model how your own reading skills help to answer these questions and learn more information. Find a cozy place to look at magazines and books with your child and allow them to sit, stand, or lie in whatever position they are most comfortable in. Talk about the magazines and books you like to read and what you enjoy and learn from the stories, characters, and illustrations.|
We are happy to announce that Can I Read to You? has teamed up with Sprout, the 24-hour preschool channel. Go to Sprout On Demand and find us under Sprout Top Picks or The Goodnight Show. Now your child can watch Can I Read to You? episodes along side favorite shows like The Wiggles, Sesame Street and Caillou. It’s fun and free!
Click here to watch our Can I Read to You? in-studio segment on Good Morning, Connecticut from Sunday, June 19th, on New Haven’s ABC affiliate WTNH.
Please watch the Can I Read to You? segment on the WKBW evening news in Buffalo, New York.
Alissa Moy, Bellaonline.com’s preschool education editor says, “Can I Read to You? is a fantastic ancillary reading activity that the whole family can enjoy.” Click here to read the entire review.
Can I Read To You was created to help pre-school aged children begin to gain an overall appreciation of reading, which will have a positive impact on their intellectual curiosity and development. The DVD includes 14 stories featuring a variety of kids (ages 5-8) reading storybooks as if they are reading directly to the DVD viewers (children ages 2-5). It has been carefully produced to demonstrate the pure pleasure and innocence derived from reading. The beautiful illustrations accompanying the chosen stories are displayed, along with appropriate background music and fitting sound effects to create a compelling program. Instead of hiring professional child actors who have spent hours rehearsing, we have used “regular” kids who are genuinely proud to read their books.
The concept capitalizes on the fact that very young children are more apt to pay attention to, and relate to other kids closer to their age. Not only will your pre-schoolers be entertained, they will be inspired to learn to read themselves, just like the readers on the DVD… Let Our Kids Read To Yours!