Ello’s new monthly email series for parents and teachers full of recommendations and resources.
Senior Curriculum Specialist @ Ello
The most ridiculously enthusiastic reading specialist around.
1. Favorite Ello Blog Post: The one I wrote about Ello and dyslexia. Early screening and support for dyslexia is a passion of mine.
2. Best Tip For Parents Worried About The Summer Slump: I have three. First, give kids tons of book choices to read. Second, sign up for your local library’s summer reading program. And third, choose a couple of books to read as a family.
3. Under-appreciated App: Insight Timer. It’s a meditation app like Calm or Headspace, but has a larger library of free meditation and is way less pushy about upgrading to a paid subscription.
4. Most Underrated Kids Author: Not too many people are both Caldecott Medal and Newbury Award honorees, but Grace Lin is. We have one of her books in the Ello Library: Ling and Ting Twice As Silly.
5. Advice for Parents: If your child has trouble with reading even though you read to them every day, neither you nor your child have done anything wrong. That quote, “Children become readers on the laps of their parents” is sweet, but it mischaracterizes learning to read as a natural process. Reading aloud to your child is very important for the development of other skills that play into their literacy (like vocabulary and concepts of story), but it is patently untrue that just reading aloud to a child is enough for them to crack the code of written English.
6. Life Hack: A 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water clean mirrors better than Windex.
7. Spring Travel Rec: Ireland. Especially Dublin, Cork, and Galway.
8. I still laugh about... the fact that most of our Engineering team knows the text to The Three Little Pigs by Michelle Dufresne by heart, because they use it so much for testing and demonstrations.
9. Go-to Gift: Children's books! There are 10 kids under 5 in my family, and I give them books for basically every present. I'm just waiting for them to be old enough to give them the gift of Ello.