Not A Box

Tom and Linda with Northwest Bank of Rockford introduce Not A Box to pre-k students at Summerdale Early Childhood Center
 

(Rockford, Ill. - 01/15/2015) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students will receive Not a Box/No es una caja as part of January's book title for Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program. The book is part of United Way's school readiness focus that helps children birth to age 6 learn, grow, and enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows. In Not a Box/No es una caja, author Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible. Winner of multiple awards, including the Thoedor Seuss Geisel Honor Book award, this book reminds children and their parents that creativity doesn't require complicated set-ups.

Each month during the school year, pre-k children receive their very own age-appropriate book selected by early childhood specialists. Children begin to build their personal libraries and parents receive activities on each book to engage their young child in learning at home. Teachers also incorporate curriculum developed around each book title into their classroom. Books and materials are provided for English- and Spanish-speaking families.

The Page Turner Reading Program, in partnership with City of Rockford Head Start, The Diocese of Rockford, Harlem School District #122, Kreative K, Montessori and Rockford Public Schools District #205, assists pre-school teachers in developing pre-literacy skills essential for kindergarten readiness. Since the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five, quality early learning and care programs have a profound impact on lifelong success and support cognitive, social and emotional development.

For more information on United Way's Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program or its work in school readiness, contact Linda Sandquist by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 815-968-5400.

 

Additional Resources:

English Parent Piece

Spanish Parent Piece

 


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