Is this for preschool children or toddlers too?
Read It Again! is a curriculum supplement that builds language and literacy skills for children ages 0-5. Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers is for ages 0-2. Read It Again! PreK is for ages 3-5. If you have children that fall into both categories, there are strategies built into the curriculum supplement that will help modify the lessons for all learners no matter which version of Read It Again! you use.
Can this curriculum be added to our existing curriculum?
Yes! Read It Again! is designed to be used alongside any curriculum you may already use and in any type of early learning environment.
Do we need to read the books in a certain order?
Each Read It Again! lesson uses a storybook to organize activities that build language and literacy skills. The lessons systematically build on each other and increase in difficulty and sophistication over 30 weeks of instruction. Due to this linear progression, lessons should be followed sequentially, and no lessons should be skipped.
I have an old copy of Read It Again PreK- Are these 15 book titles updated? Some of the books are different than the version I currently have.
The Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers and Read It Again! PreK manuals along with their storybook lists have been updated. The newest versions include Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers 3rd Edition and Read It Again! PreK 4th Edition. We encourage you to use the new manual editions with their corresponding storybooks. However, you may continue to use a previous version of Read It Again! with the corresponding book set if you prefer.
Read It Again! Kits
I am an ODJFS provider. Can we receive both the Infants and Toddlers and the PreK version if we serve both age groups?
As part of a 2022-2023 grant, all current ODJFS licensed child care centers and family child care homes will receive a FREE Read It Again! curriculum supplement kit, including a set of 15 storybooks and a printed version of the Read It Again! curriculum supplement manual. The kit you receive is based on the ages of children enrolled in your center or family childcare home. If your enrollment is a majority infants and toddlers you will receive the Infants and Toddlers version. If your enrollment is a majority preschoolers, then you will receive the PreK version.
I have an even number of 2- and 3-year-olds. Would the PreK or Infants and Toddlers book set be best for my group?
If you are an ODJFS licensed child care center and family child care home you can use whatever Read It Again! version you receive with the children you serve. You can use the strategies presented in the Read It Again! training as part of the Learners’ Ladder to help with adaptations to the lessons. You can also contact the Read It Again! team for technical assistance to help in this area. Regardless of the set you are selected to receive, you can access both versions of the Read It Again! curriculum supplement manual once you complete the training. If you choose to use both versions, we will give you information on purchasing the additional book bundles from Scholastic. (See FAQ “Can we order the bundles from Scholastic at a discount?“)
What storybooks are used for Read It Again! implementation?
The 3rd Edition of Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers uses the following storybooks:
- Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
- The Bossy Gallito by Lucía M. González
- Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
- Rap A Tap Tap by Leo and Diane Dillon
- Summer Color! by Diana Murray
- Bright Star by Yuyi Morales
- Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
- What Will We Build Today? by Katherine Durgin-Bruce
- Bulldozer’s Shapes by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Ethan Long
- Oh So Kind! by Joy Cho
- Hands are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi
- Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
- How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
The 4th Edition of Read It Again! PreK uses the following storybooks:
- Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
- Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
- The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
- Except When They Don’t by Laura Gehl
- Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn
- What Will You Be? by Yamile Saied Méndez
- Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
- Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
- Brave by Stacy McAnulty
- The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
- How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Can we get both sets of books?
As part of the current grant funding, each FCC and Child Care Center only receives one age level set of 15 storybooks. Anyone who completes the training has access to the digital curriculum supplement for both PreK and Infants and Toddlers. These materials are posted to the training website. The Read It Again! training covers both age levels of the curriculum supplement, so there isn’t any additional training to take. Feel free to look through the curriculum supplement for the other age group to decide if you want to invest in the books that go with that supplement as well. You can order the other set of books directly from our partners at Scholastic at a discounted price. (See FAQ “Can we order the bundles from Scholastic at a discount?” for instructions on how to get your discounted books.)
I am an ODE preschool provider; will I receive a Read It Again! kit?
Unfortunately, the 2022-2023 grant we received does not include funding to provide printed manuals or storybook kits to ODE providers. However, because Read It Again! is a FREE curriculum supplement, all providers can complete the training, download the digital materials, and purchase the storybook bundles directly from Scholastic at a discounted price. (See FAQ “Can we order the bundles from Scholastic at a discount?” for instructions on how to get your discounted books.)
Read It Again! Manuals
What can I expect to see in the Read It Again! curriculum supplement manuals?
There are two curriculum supplement versions: Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers and Read It Again! PreK. Both manuals contain everything an educator needs to implement Read It Again!, including 60 weekly lessons, Implementation Notes, Pupil Progress Checklists, and Materials.
Lessons: The Read It Again! instructional objectives are systematically sequenced across 60 lessons implemented over 30 weeks. The sequencing of objectives adheres to a linear developmental approach such that easier concepts are the focus of learning in the beginning of the program and more difficult concepts are the focus in the latter part of the program. Learning therefore progresses from easier to more difficult concepts or skills. Each lesson includes the title of the book for the week, learning objectives, materials, activity and timing, activity description, and a Learners’ Ladder to help adapt lessons to your diverse learners.
Implementation Notes: Following each lesson, educators complete that lesson’s Implementation Notes, a tool educators can use to record information useful to understanding the implementation of each lesson.
Pupil Progress Checklists: Designed for use three times during the year (after Week 2, Week 12, Week 21 for Read It Again! PreK and after Week 2, Week 16, and Week 30 for Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers), this tool is a simple means for monitoring individual children’s development of specific skills aligned with objectives in each of the four domains (vocabulary, narrative, phonological awareness, print knowledge).
What is the Learners’ Ladder and how do I use it?
Because children arrive at a lesson with variable sets of skills and abilities, we ask educators to carefully consider how to individualize – or differentiate – the implementation of lessons to meet all participating children’s needs and strengths. In considering how to differentiate instruction for children effectively, it is important to identify where differentiation will occur.
In both Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers and Read It Again! PreK, educators will differentiate instruction by choosing specific strategies to address an instructional target, in that all children receive instruction on the same objective, but instructional techniques vary: some children get more support and others get less support.
The Learners’ Ladder pages offer specific ways to scaffold children’s performance on the different learning domains. The Learners’ Ladder suggestions and examples are based on a set of strategies that educators use to scaffold (support) children’s performance on similar tasks or activities. Strategies educators may use with children who find a given lesson “Too Easy” are: Reasoning, Generalizing, and Predicting. Strategies educators may use with children who find a given lesson “Too Hard” are: Eliciting, Co-Participating, and Reducing Choices.
How do I access the FREE digital Read It Again! manuals?
Please note that the two-hour, online Read It Again! training must be completed to access the digital materials. Once completed, follow these directions to access the manuals:
- Log into your Scarlet Canvas Training.
- Click on the “Enhancing Early Language and Literacy Skills with Read It Again!” course.
- On the left side under the word HOME, is the word MODULES. Click on the word MODULES.
- Here you will see each module and the different pages. Scroll down to Module 7: Wrapping Up.
- Click on the last page in this module titled, “Course Complete: Read It Again! Manuals and Certificate Activation.”
- On that page in red text, you will see the digital manuals available for download. It should look like this:
Do you have any tips for using the digital Read It Again! manuals in practice?
Yes! As a reminder, both Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers and Read It Again! PreK digital manuals are freely available upon completion of the two-hour training. Here are some tips for using the PDF in practice:
- Print the manual for yourself or print and share a copy with other educators.
- Print lesson by lesson.
- Open and use the PDF on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Cost, What is in the Kit, and Ordering Additional Books
Will every person from the center that takes the course get a set of books?
Current ODJFS licensed child care centers and family child care homes will receive one Read It Again! book bundle for free as part of a 2022-2023 grant. Anyone interested in purchasing a Read It Again! book bundle can do so directly from Scholastic. Please see FAQ “Can we order the bundles from Scholastic at a discount?” for more information.
Is the initial set free?
Yes, the initial set is free if you are a current ODJFS licensed child care center or family child care home. This includes a printed manual and a set of books from Scholastic.
What will the cost of this program be for our preschool?
Read It Again! is a free curriculum supplement. After completing the training, you can download and print the manuals for free. All ODJFS licensed child care centers and family child care home providers will receive a printed manual with lesson plans, progress monitoring tools, and materials and a book bundle for free. If you would like to order additional book bundles from Scholastic they are available for purchase.
Can we order the bundles from Scholastic at a discount?
Anyone interested in purchasing Read It Again! book bundles can contact Scholastic directly to receive a discount on the entire book bundle. Book bundles can be ordered through Scholastic by contacting either:
- Kim Marron KMarron@Scholastic.com 216-339-4547
- John Shoemaker JShoemaker@Scholastic.com 614-315-5303
Read It Again! Book Bundle Information:
- ISBN 9OS-758769 OSU PreK Pack (15) $79.94
- ISBN 9OS-758770 OSU INFANT & TODD PACK (15) $84.49
What is the current Read It Again! training process and how long will it take me?
- Complete the Read It Again! training. (2 hours)
- Complete the training at your own pace – in one sitting or over the course of multiple days. You can always come back and pick up where you left off.
- If you are an Ohio educator, you will receive two Ohio Approved credits.
- Once you complete the training, you will have access to all materials, including the Read It Again! Infants and Toddlers curriculum supplement and the Read It Again! PreK curriculum supplement.
Does only one person per site take the training or should all staff be taking it?
Anyone who will be implementing Read It Again! or is interested in learning more about early language and literacy skills is welcome to take the training.
Will this training eventually be added to OCCRRA so future staff can take it?
You can find the Read It Again! training called Enhancing Early Language and Literacy Skills with Read It Again! on the OCCRRA website.
Where do we register and take the training?
Register for the training on our website at: readitagain.osu.edu
Is the training Ohio Approved?
I am not from Ohio; can I still take the training? Can I still order the books? Can I still get credit?
Yes! Anyone who wants to implement Read It Again! Is invited to take the training and order books at a discounted rate. (Please see FAQ “Can we order the bundles from Scholastic at a discount?”) Unfortunately, we can only provide Ohio Approved credit at this time.
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ)
Can we use this as a community partner?
Unfortunately, no. Read it Again! does not count as a community partner for Step Up to Quality (SUTQ). Community partners provide resources and support that may include parents’ education advancement, economic mobility, and other aspects of family well-being. If you have questions about community partners, please reach out to your licensing specialist or the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ policy help desk for more guidance (https://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm_root/contactUs.stm)
Would Read It Again! be acceptable to use for a higher Step Up to Quality star rating?
No, Read It Again! is a curriculum supplement rather than a comprehensive curriculum. Therefore, it is not acceptable to use for higher SUTQ star rating.
Sit Together and Read (STAR)
Is this meant to replace STAR or add to it?
Read It Again! is designed to enhance and add to what you already do with children. If you are currently using Crane’s Sit Together and Read (STAR) read-aloud practices, you can continue to do so and add two Read It Again! lessons in on different days, or at different times of the day, depending on what works for you and your learners.
If I need some guidance, is there someone to talk to?
If you need help or have questions, please email us at email@example.com.