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March 14: Celebrate National Pi Day (and Math!) with a book!

Did you know that babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners can start learning mathematical concepts before they even know what numbers are? (Numbers like pi 3.14!) Start your child on a life-long path of math by trying these activities:

  • Provide plastic bowls, pots, wooden spoons for your baby to explore while you’re cooking. Describe the sizes and the number of items.
  • Give your toddler plastic measuring cups. Show him how to stack the cups on top of each other according to size. Talk about which one is biggest and smallest, then count them.
  • Give your preschooler items of increasing size, like measuring spoons. Ask her to put them in order from smallest to largest. Talk about which one is first, second, etc.
  • With your Kindergartner, use items like small stones, blocks, or crackers to fill a cup. How many does it take to fill the cup? What if a smaller cup is used–does filling it require more or less? What if a larger cup is used. Talk about why the number of items might change with the size of the cup.

Check out Learning is Everywhere, Kindergarten, Here I Come, or Kindergarten, Here I Am for more math related activities. Then grab a book and read about the fun with math!

Print this book list!

11 math books for young children | PA's Promise for Children

Win a 2017 PA One Book!

Daniel Finds a Poem coverThe 2017 PA One Book; Every Young Child has finally arrived!  This year’s selection, Daniel Finds a Poem, written and illustrated by Micha Archer, is a story about a boy who goes on an adventure through a park trying to find answers to his question, “What is poetry?”

Do you want a chance to win a FREE copy of this year’s PA One Book? To help promote reading early and often to children in homes and early learning programs throughout Pennsylvania, one winner will be selected at random EVERY DAY from March 19 to April 30, 2017 .

 Click here for a chance to win a free copy of Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer.

The first winner will be selected on March 19, 2017 and the last on April 30, 2017. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. One winner each day will be selected at random. This drawing is open to residents of the United States only, however you do not need to be a Pennsylvania resident to win.

Are you a winner? Check below!

March 19: Barb B. of Dillsburg, PA
March 20: Michelle C. of Dallas, PA
March 21: Karen L. of Bristol, PA
March 22: Evie C. of West Chester, PA
March 23: Jada A. of Bethlehem, PA
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PA One Book Classic Countdown

December 13th, 2016
2017 PA One Book, All Counties, Events, News

Help count down to the 2017 PA One Book!

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We’re exploring the past PA One Book selections! Follow PA One Book on Facebook and PA One Book on Instagram to get fun activities to do with your child and the PA One Book classic, watch the video of the author reading the book, and share your experiences with the book. Check back each day for something new and exciting!

You can also find information here about the activities, videos and sharing opportunities. Visit the PA One Book on social media, or bookmark this page.

January

Week of January 2: Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George.

Monday – Who remembers the 2006 #PAOneBook Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George? This was the first PA One Book ever selected and you are still able to find this in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Reserve your copy today!

Wednesday– Want fun activities using Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook

Thursday– Listen to Lindsay Barrett George read Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse when it was the #PAOneBook in 2006? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book.

 

Week of January 9: A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

Monday – Who remembers our 2007 #PAOneBook A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom? This book was the second PA One Bool selection and is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown

Wednesday– Want fun activities using A Splendid Friend, Indeed with your children Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Thursday– Watch Suzanne Bloom read her book A Splendid Friend, Indeed! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about A Splendid Friend, Indeed when it was the #PAOneBook in 2007? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

Week of January 16: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

Monday – Who remembers our 2008 #PAOneBook Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott? This was book #3 chosen as a PA One Book and it is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown

Wednesday– Want fun activities using Up, Down, and Around with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Thursday– Check out Katherine Ayres read her book Up, Down, and Around! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Up, Down, and Around when it was the PA One Book in 2008?  Leave a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

January 23 – 27 If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor (2009)

  • Monday – Who remembers the 2009 #PAOneBook If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor? This book was #4 as a PA One Book and is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using If You Were a Penguin with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– See Wendell and Florence Minor share If You Were a Penguin with a group of children! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about If You Were a Penguin when it was the #PAOneBook in 2009? Comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

January 30 – February 3 What a Treasure! By Jane and Will Hillenbrand (2010)

  • Monday – In 2015, we welcomed Jane and Will Hillenbrand with What a Treasure as the 5th #PAOneBook! Did you know this book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania? Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using What a Treasure! with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Watch Will Hillenbrand read What a Treasure! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about What a Treasure! when it was the #PAOneBook in 2010?  Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

February

February 6 – 11 Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne (2011)

  • Monday – Here’s #6 selection! Who remembers our 2011 #PAOneBook Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne? This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Watch Stephen Swinburne read Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job when it was the #PAOneBook in 2011? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

February 13 – 17   Stop Snoring Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora (2012)

  • Monday – SEVEN! It is the 7th #PAOneBook selection in 2012 Stop Snoring Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora. This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Stop Snoring Bernard!? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Watch Zachariah Ohora read his book Stop Snoring Bernard! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Stop Snoring Bernard! when it was the #PAOneBook in 2012? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

February 20 – 24 The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom (2013)

  • Monday – The Big 8 #PAOneBook selection in 2013 was The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom. This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using A Bus for Us with your children. Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Watch Suzanne Bloom read The Bus for Us! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about The Bus for Us when it was the #PAOneBook in 2013? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

February 27 – March 3 Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale (2014)

  • Monday – Nine, nine, nine… Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale was the 9th #PAOneBook selection in 2014 This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Stripes of All Types with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Check out Susan Stockdale read Stripes of All Types! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Stripes of All Types when it was the #PAOneBook in 2014? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

March 6 – 10 Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli (2015)

  • Monday – Ten, count ‘em TEN #PAOneBooks in 2015 with Greg Pizzoli’s Number One Sam. This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Number One Sam with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Greg Pizzoli reads his 2015 #PAOneBook Number One Sam! #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Number One Sam when it was the #PAOneBook in 2015? Share a comment and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

March 13 – 17 Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand (2016)

  • Monday – In 2016, we welcomed back Will Hillenbrand with his book Kite Day as the 11th #PAOneBook. This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Kite Day with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Will Hillenbrand reads last year’s #PAOneBook Kite Day! #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Kite Day when it was the #PAOneBook last year? Please comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

The 2017 PA One Book is here!

October 19th, 2016
2017 PA One Book, All Counties
Let’s celebrate the 2017 PA One Book selection, Daniel Finds a Poem written and illustrated by Micha Archer!

Daniel Finds a Poem coverWith beautiful illustrations and a great story about a boy who is on a mission to find out “What is poetry?” this book will help children explore and understand nature while seeing poetry everywhere through Daniel’s experience.

  • Attend an author reading in your community. The author, Micha Archer, will be making guest author reader appearances throughout Pennsylvania during March-May 2017. Find a reading close to you!
  • Interested in using the PA One Book in teaching children? Visit the PA One Book website for some great activity ideas to do with your child that connect to this year’s book. If you do an upcoming activity, or one from past PA One Books, use #PAOneBook to tag your activity on social media.
  • Online Registration to be a guest reader or host site is now closed. But check back next year to participate! Register to be a PA One Book Guest Reader or Host Site!

October Book A Day Giveaway

Children who have access to books in their home spend more time with books, and those books can help them develop their language and communication skills. They are also more likely to do better in school, plus they can develop a stronger bond with their parent or caregiver.  (more…)

Engaging STEM Activity Using Plastic Lids

September 16th, 2016
All Counties, Resources

A fun STEM activity using plastic lids with preschoolers | PA's Promise for Children

A Beaver County Pre-K Counts teacher, Kim Sabella at Tiny Tot Child Development Center incorporated recycled materials into an engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity with her preschool classroom.

Sending out a request to the families, Kim collected lids of all different sizes and colors. Once gathered, the students sorted them by colors and tried to figure out where the lids came from (food products). They even tried to build with them!

A student uses plastic lids for a STEM activity in a pre-K classroom | www.papromiseforchildren.com

Kim says of the activity, “I loved doing this activity with my students. They created structures, sorted, connected with their world and branched out by using magnifying glasses to take a closer look. As a teacher, the unexpected is what makes the lesson successful. That is the beauty of teaching young children.”

Students use plastic lids for a STEM activity in a pre-K classroom | www.papromiseforchildren.com

This activity was great for vocabulary building, engaging conversations, and discovery of new materials. The students even turned to using magnifying glasses–a complete surprise to Kim! Two of the students went over to the science area and grabbed the magnifying glasses to see the lids up close.

Students use plastic lids for a STEM activity in a pre-K classroom | www.papromiseforchildren.com

The activity was good for the students for many reasons.

  • First, the preschoolers can see that how items can be recycled and used for other purposes.
  • Next, the students can experiment with non-standard items to build. Typically students build with pre-made blocks, Legos, etc., so by using lids, it gives them a chance to experiment with items that are not uniform. This presents a challenge to the student which encourages deeper problem solving skills.
  • Finally, the students can use these lids in many ways – sorting by color and shape, comparing the lids, making connections with the lids to things they have seen before (milk, ice tea, soap, etc.), engineering activities (balancing lids as the structure grew, understanding how the foundation affects the rest of the structure, etc.) and even art activities, as they could use them in a 3-D art activity.

Kim plans to bring the lids back out and do more math activities, such as counting, comparing sizes and sorting. Her students will also continue to see how they can build different structures with them.

 

Keeping your child safe from lead

September 14th, 2016
All Counties, Resources

Did you ever wonder why a plumber is called a plumber?  Perhaps it is because plumbers worked with plumbum – a soft, gray-blue heavy metal that could easily be formed into pipes and troughs for carrying water. We know plumbum as lead.

Lead has had many uses over the years, from making paint flow smoothly or keeping your car from “knocking,” to hardening plastics.  However, unlike other metals like zinc or copper, lead has no uses in the body. In fact, lead in the body is harmful. And lead that gets into the body stays in the body for a long time.  It takes about 27 years for half of the lead that is taken into the body to be excreted. (more…)

6 Tips for Summer Safety

Summer time is fun time, but families want to keep their children safe. Check out these 6 tips for summer safety. Click here to print.

6 tips for summer safety to help keep your child safe this summer from PA's Promise.

In The News

May 16th, 2016
All Counties, What's Happening

News articles about quality early learning are all around us. Check out the latest news articles below.

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10 kids books about dogs

March 23rd, 2016
All Counties, Resources, Stories

Looking for a great children’s book to celebrate National Puppy Day (March 23, 2017), or just a great dog book? Check out these favorites from PA’s Promise for Children!

Click here to print this list. Take the list to your library and ask the librarian to help you and your child find the books. Once you read each book, have your child circle the book!

What is YOUR favorite book about dogs? Did it make the PA’s Promise for Children list? Share it in the comments below.

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Henry and Mudge: The First Book by Cynthia Ryland and Stacie Stevenson

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Spike in the City by Paulette Bogan

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Hot Dog Cold Dog by Frann Preston Gannon

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Hairy McClary by Dame Lynley Dodd

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

What is Your Dog Doing? by Marilyn Singer and Kathleen Habbley

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Spot’s First Walk by Eric Hill

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Big Dog and Little Dog by Dav Pilkey

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Dog by Jane Kemp, Clare Walters and Linzi West

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

Celebrating #NationalPuppyDay with 10 kid's books about dogs! PA's Promise for Children.

Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman

 

 

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