We Need Your Help! Cedar Valley Readers is looking for volunteers that would like to help with vision screenings for Waterloo elementary kids. As part of the Vision to Learn program, we are looking for volunteers that would be able to attend a training on September 21st from 9:00AM to noon at Highland Elementary to … Continue reading Vision to Learn – Volunteers Needed!
Celebrating Attendance Awareness Month with AWESOME posters!
We received over 130 posters from kiddos in Waterloo and Cedar Falls for our first annual "Reading Takes You Places" poster contest! Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork -- we were totally blown away by your creativity and LOVED seeing you enthusiasm for reading! In the end, it was too hard to pick just … Continue reading Celebrating Attendance Awareness Month with AWESOME posters!
Celebrating One Year with Reach Out and Read!
Physicians at Covenant Clinic Pediatrics have been writing a new type of prescription for kids and parents: read aloud together for 15 minutes, at least once daily. It’s a simple prescription with a simple dosage, but it can make a world of difference in young children’s lives. And the best part? Parents don’t need to visit … Continue reading Celebrating One Year with Reach Out and Read!
1st Annual Poster Contest!
Cedar Valley Readers is excited to announce our First Annual Attendance Awareness Poster Contest! We encourage any elementary (k-6th grade) student in the Cedar Valley to enter. All you need to do is think creatively about how reading "takes you places!" Did a great story transport you to a far-away world full of unbelievable creatures? … Continue reading 1st Annual Poster Contest!
Free App Becomes Go-To Tool for Parent Educators
One of the most important messages about early childhood education we hear from our teachers, our school administrators, local community organizations, friends and neighbors is the need to support and to strengthen parents’ engagement in their children’s learning. It is especially important in the earliest years of a child’s life, when time reading, playing and … Continue reading Free App Becomes Go-To Tool for Parent Educators
Digital options for Summer Learning
Enjoy this post by our guest blogger, Mel Hammen. Mel is our summer intern here at Cedar Valley Readers, and we are excited to have her! Mel is currently finishing her degree in Social Work at UNI. She has a passion for both serving others and for reading. When she was young, her mother had to force her to … Continue reading Digital options for Summer Learning
5 Favorite Children’s Books for Spring
Celebrate Spring with these favorite read-alouds! And, check out this great resource for fun tips on how to make the most of read-aloud time with your kids. (For tip #2, we recommend a blanket fort!) Reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help prepare your child for reading and learning. Lola … Continue reading 5 Favorite Children’s Books for Spring
Vroom App helps build the brains of young children
Did you know a child's first 5 years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning? The brain develops most rapidly during the first 5 years of life, and a popular free mobile app is helping parents make the most of each moment. Several years ago a group of neuroscientists and child development experts began … Continue reading Vroom App helps build the brains of young children