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    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Comes to Elyria!

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, March 15,2016
    What Is It? Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children's classic The Little Engine That Could.  Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home.  Best of all it is a FREE GIFT!  There is…

    The TERC–a Teacher’s Playground!

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, November 05,2013
    Today could have been my very favorite meeting ever!!  The Directors of the Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten initiative meet on a monthly basis to talk about community resources, plan next steps, and provide support to each other.   Today we toured the TERC (Teacher Education Resource Center) located at Lorain County…

    Celebrate Science and Culture with the Summer Solstice

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, June 19,2013
    Summer Solstice is rapidly approaching and with it comes a perfect opportunity to celebrate science and culture with the preschoolers in your life.  The summer solstice occurs on the day with the longest period of daylight here in the Northern Hemisphere and is often referred to as Midsummer.  There are…

    Again….Again….Again…Encouraging Kids to Try New Book Genres

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, June 13,2013
    We are creatures of habit.  We thrive on routine.  And nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to reading.  Our preschool kiddos often become hooked on the same book and want it read over and over again (case in point—my nightly reading of Oh Say Can you Say…

    Help Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten with Summer Reading

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, June 11,2013
    Books and school are two of my very favorite things in life.  Even though the summer is just beginning, I’m already thinking about next school year.  Here at Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten we have the goal of ensuring all children entering kindergarten have access to a high quality early childhood…

    Ahhhhhhh, Summer…or is it, Aaarrrggghhhh, Summer?!

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Saturday, June 08,2013
    Like it or not, summer vacation has arrived!  Long days, long nights, heat….it could be a recipe for disaster—or the perfect opportunity to learn and grow!  Whether you are a parent looking for new summer activities to enjoy with your child or an early childhood educator looking for new ideas…

    Poetry and Preschoolers…a Match Made In Heaven

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Friday, April 05,2013
    “Early poetry is about the expression of love”-Morag Styles, Professor of Children’s Poetry, The University of Cambridge Reading the simple quote above made my heart happy.  It reminded me of rocking my babies and rythmic chants to get them to sleep.  Did you know humans across cultures and languages do…

    Tips to Strengthen a Child’s Creativity

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, April 02,2013
    Every child is born with creative potential that parents, teachers, and caregivers must nurture and stimulate.  Here are some tips to help foster the creativity that lies within each child.  These tips are useful for the classroom and at home.  Be purposeful in creating time and space to stimulate the…

    Helping Children Understand Disabilities

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Friday, March 29,2013
    I came across this list of books today about Helping Children Understand Disabilities.  Sometimes it can be difficult to find ways to introduce the idea of inclusion within the classroom.  I particularly like the suggestion of making sure these books are part of your classroom library.  Take a look at…

    3 Simple At-Home Learning Activities for Preschoolers

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, March 27,2013
    Here are three fun and simple activities that can be done outside of the classroom to build the academic skills of preschoolers in the areas of math, science, and reading/language arts. These are great tips to pass along to families to reinforce learning outside of the classroom. Math-Number Fun Write the numbers 1 to 10 on…