Posted by: fispreschool | January 27, 2016

High Five for Literacy Night this Thursday

high five

I wanted to personally invite all of our preschool families to our High Five for Literacy Night this Thursday the 28th at 5:30pm-7:00pm. We will be hosting the event at the Early Learning Academy in the downstairs rooms. Please join us for an informative night about how to use the new High Five magazine in the home to promote literacy and language skills. We will share information with parents while the preschoolers are engaged in activities with teachers. Then we will all come together for fellowship and food. There will be some great prizes for our families in attendance as well!  Please RSVP through your child’s teacher, email or respond on the Remind App.

I look forward to seeing you Thursday night!

Cara Doyle

Posted by: fispreschool | January 19, 2016

The Importance of Interactions During Reading


Did you know that reading with your child on a regular basis can increase their language development and help with early literacy skills?  I’m not talking about the concepts of print and actual reading just yet.  Although those skills are important for literacy development and they are learning these as you are reading to them, one of the first steps that begins as early as birth is language development.  Children need to know the vocabulary before they are actually starting to read.  This is why language development is so crucial.

A new study from the University of Iowa looked  at how mothers responded to their 12-month-olds during book reading, puppet play, and toy play. What researchers found is the babies made more speech-like sounds during reading than when playing with puppets or toys. They also discovered mothers were more responsive to these types of sounds while reading to their child than during the other activities.     You can read the full article here by clicking on the link:


A lot of research shows that book reading even to infants as young as six months of age is important to language outcomes.  It is never to early to start reading to your child!  If you haven’t started yet, now is the perfect time to make reading a part of your daily routine with your child.  Just the investment of 10-15 minutes a day can impact your child’s language and literacy development for a lifetime!

Click on the link below for more tips on reading to your preschooler:

Reading Rockets

Posted by: fispreschool | December 17, 2015

The Frankfort Independent Schools Education Foundation


The Frankfort Independent Schools Education Foundation began in 2008 when a small of group of alumni and friends of the Frankfort Independent Schools District decided that they needed to help the district by fundraising to enhance the district’s programs.

The Frankfort Independent Schools Education Foundation would like for all alumni and friends of the FIS to join our current fundraising campaign. The I Am A Panther microfunding campaign is simple, easy and an inexpensive way for you to help YOUR school district. Simply click on the link below.

I would really encourage families to donate if they can!  We have just partnered with the FISEF to bring the Highlights magazine-High Five (Version for 2-5 year olds) to all of our preschool families!  FISEF has graciously invested in helping preschool promote quality literacy in every home!  Thank you FISEF!

We will be working with our families in January to promote this great resource.



Posted by: fispreschool | November 30, 2015

A Thorn Hill Christmas


The Thorn Hill Education Center will be having a Christmas Celebration on December 5th from 12pm to 3pm.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.

Santa will be giving out gifts!

Some of the activities are:

  • Cookie Making
  • Letters to Military
  • Christmas Stories
  • Door Prizes
  • Crafts & Ornament Making
  • Caroling
  • Cards for Seniors
  • Mayor Mays’ Coat Program

Thorn Hill Education Center

700 Leslie Ave


Posted by: fispreschool | November 7, 2015

Parent Enrichment Camps

The Franklin County Community Early Childhood Council is excited to announce our first of three Parent Enrichment Camps for preschool parents and children.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Paul Sawyier Library

5:00-7:00 pm (drop by anytime and stay as long as you like)

The Kentucky Science Center will be conducting an

“Animal Antics Science Festival”

Explore all things animals, from adaptations to food webs and their structural characteristics as you work your way through the many stations.

Bring your preschool aged child and enjoy a fun filled evening.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Questions??? Call Kelley McMichael at 502-227-1511.

Posted by: fispreschool | October 12, 2015

Upcoming events at the Salato Center

October 17 Creepy Crawlers Program

Curious about insects, bugs, and other little critters that might be considered “creepy crawlers?” Then this pro­gram is for you! Join the Salato Center’s resident bug expert John Baggerman at 2pm for your chance to learn about and get an up-close look at some particularly in­teresting specimens. No registration required. Free with general admission.

October 24 Hawktoberfest Part 2

Join us for a pair of raptor enrichments! A bald eagle enrichment take place at the eagle exhibit at 11:30am and an enrichment for our resident red-tailed hawk will take place at the raptor aviary at 2:30pm. No registra­tion required. Free with general admission.

Posted by: fispreschool | October 9, 2015

The Importance of Reading

There is a campaign that I would encourage every family to take part in. It’s called the Read Aloud 15 MINUTES National Campaign. Here is a recent message from them:

Recent research tells us a readiness gap is already evident in neural activity by age 3 in children who have been read to and those who have not.* Parents often ask me, “when is the best time to begin reading aloud?” The answer, of course, is at birth. But for all those parents who have not yet begun, or who were not aware of the power of reading aloud at birth, the second best time is TODAY!

I think every parent can find 15 minutes in their day to devote to reading to their child. They report in the parent handout below, that if you just set aside 15 minutes a day to read that would add up to more than 450 hours of reading time by Kindergarten! So I challenge our preschool parents to start now if you haven’t already been regularly reading to your child. With you as our partner, we can make sure that your child becomes a life long learner and has a strong foundation for Kindergarten!

See the following handout by clicking on the link below.

Harvest Reading

The Frankfort Early Learning Academy

Posted by: fispreschool | September 28, 2015

Holiday Assistance

The Salvation Army Holiday assistance sign ups will be October 5th-9th from 10am to 4pm (closed 12-1pm for lunch) at 517 Greenup Avenue in Frankfort.

Families will need to bring the following forms with them to sign up:

Picture ID

Proof of Income

All bills you pay

Proof of Franklin County Residence

SS cards for all in the household

Food stamp letter showing the amount you receive

Birth Certificate for proof of age for children 12 & under

Clothes and shoe sizes

Child’s wish list

For any questions, please contact Sunny Hardin at 875-8658

Posted by: fispreschool | July 27, 2015

A New Learning App

I just read a recent article from the Early Years about a new learning app specifically for parents of children from birth to age five. This sounds like exciting information that you may want to use with your preschooler! The best part is that it is free to parents.

A new initiative from the Bezos Family Foundation seeks to make early learning part of everyday life for parents. The main idea behind the initiative, which is called Vroom, is to get information to parents about specific things they can do with their young children to prepare them for school. But this isn’t about drilling math facts or teaching them the ABCs before they start kindergarten. The foundation worked with developmental scientists to develop 750 activities parents can do with their children from infancy to age 5 and loaded them into a smartphone app. When parents download the app, they get access to tips that come with a “brainy background,” which is basically an explanation of how the seemingly silly games will help children develop school skills.

Here is an excerpt from Vroom’s page about brain development:

There is no time in life when the brain develops more rapidly than during the first five years. So by building children’s brains from the earliest ages, you’re actually shaping the foundation for future learning. Here’s a glimpse at all that’s taking place inside your baby’s brain!

A Brand New Brain

Every baby is born with a brain that contains hundreds of billions of neurons.

Ready For Anything

From day one, those neurons connect—and the brain begins to get wired for life.

Learning Like Lightning

The brain is wired to grow – in the first five years, it makes 700 neural connections every single second!

Communication Is Key

Above all, there’s one thing that helps young brains grow strong: adult-child relationships.

Hi, Baby

Even kids that can’t yet talk are looking, listening and relating to you non-stop.

You Are A Brain Builder

Every time you interact with a child you’re doing something major: shaping a growing mind.

Nurture Future Greatness

The first five years are when the brain builds its foundation—so kids can thrive as adults.


We know this for sure: learning doesn’t start at school…it begins at birth.

It Begins with You-Learn how to be a brain-builder. Go to Vroom’s website to find out more:

Posted by: fispreschool | July 24, 2015

Upcoming Events at the Salato Center

Below are some fun upcoming events at the Salato Center for your family to enjoy:

Aug 1 Invasive Species Scavenger Hunt

Do you know what an invasive species is? Do you know which ones are found at Salato, and what our agency is doing to man­age them? This is your chance to find out! Stop by the front desk and pick up your scavenger hunt and search Salato for our “invasive stations” that will provide interesting information – and answers to the questions on your hunt! Be sure to drop back by the front desk to check your answers before leaving. Hunt runs 10am to 4:30pm. No registration required. Free with general admission.

Aug 15 Meet A Critter

The Salato Center is home to more critters than first meet the eye. Join us Saturday at 2pm for your chance to get an up close and personal look at some of the animals that call Salato home! No registration required. Free with general admission

Aug 29 Archery for Beginners

Learning to shoot a bow is fun and easy! Join us between 2pm and 4pm for your chance to receive basic hands-on instruction that will improve your skills and knowledge of archery safety. All bows, arrows, targets, and necessary equipment will be pro­vided. No registration required. Free with general admis­sion.

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