We had a staff meeting Monday to review the first 6 weeks of school and one
of our topics was curriculum. Everyone is so enthusiastic about your program
and we decided we would like the materials for the other books we are using
this year! I’ve just placed an order for Goodnight, Moon, which is our
November book, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is our April
Yesterday, we invited our parents to come see our play of
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything. Our Kindergarten teacher
read the story while the Kindergarteners acted it out, in appropriate
attire, of course!, and all the other Little Saints chimed in with each pair
of words. Even the toddler class could participate because of the number of
times we’ve read the story in each class. It was a big hit and our parents
were very complimentary of what we are doing. Thank you for being such a big
part of that success this year!
We have really enjoyed using such a
creative and easy-to-use curriculum. Also, we quote you often from the
presentation you gave us in August. Our staff is very happy!
Carol G. Perry, Director
St. Luke's Little Saints
Preschool & Kindergarten
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
Hi, Just want to say that I am loving your curriculum and have been
sharing with lots of people. Parents are also loving it. I have been working
on developing Rubrics to help with assessment.Thanks for all of this work
you have put into developing READ IT ONCE AGAIN. I am just getting started
and find it so much fun and the kids are really excited to start a new book
Laura DeMartinis Furderer
Just received my level 2, "the Gingerbread Man." I LOVE it and can't
wait to use it!!!! I am a fan and own 6 of your programs!!! My students also
enjoy the activities!!! Keep them coming!
Love, love, love your products! I have most of the stories in my
I work in a self-contained special ed classroom. My official title is
spec Ed teacher/SLP. My classroom is a double unit with another full time
special Ed teacher. We use all areas in the curriculum units, with our 2
paraprofessionals primarily using the fine-motor activities and the large
motor activities are incorporated into our large group instruction. Since I
provide the speech therapy, I usually use all activities provided and the
other teacher uses primarily the cognitive activities. It works well for us
and we are definitely able to see growth in all the children's skill areas.
Using the same format for each unit provides consistency which seems to be
beneficial for our children.
We started using these great book units in September and have found them
to be an invaluable resource for our students! We have three classrooms of
preschoolers with special needs currently using the books and are looking to
expand to our center-based programs! Our preschoolers absolutely loved From
Head to Toe!!
Julie Canaday Graham
I have been using Silly Sally this month. I have three students on
different AAC devices and they love being able to share in the reading and
participating in all the activities! Thanks for the material!
Trina Taylor Lancaster We are finishing the Mouse unit on Monday. The
students have enjoyed it! You should see them in the water center soaking up
water with a sponge and squeezing it into a pail! Fun times in Pre-K!
I love this product and use them all the time. They work wonders for
teaching special ed.
Natalie Mathis Norman
I purchased three units at the EC conference in 2009. I brought them
back to my county, and the EC staffed loved them. In fact, the county
purchased two entire sets!
I just recently got introduced to your units. I currently have 3 of them
and can't wait to get more
I have used the Level 1 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and would love to
have Level 2. I have a multi-age (ages 3-7) classroom of autistic and
mentally disabled students. It sounds like Level 2 will be a great addition
for many of my students
I Love Every Part of this Program! I have taught for 25 years and am
pleased to say this is a GOLD MEDAL program. Our SLP introduced it to me and
I bought at least 10 units to use. This is the best...My Early Childhood
Special Education students are really enjoying these units. Can't wait to
see Level 2 as we look at RTI in Michigan!
Carolyn Ball Gibson
After meeting Rae and reviewing some of the units at the National ASHA
convention in Philadelphia, my colleague and I purchased 7 of the units! I
love the programs. Sometimes I share some of the fine motor activities with
our OT, also, so that we can both reinforce concepts that the classroom
teachers are working on during speech and occupational therapy. I plan on
ordering more units, and would love to see the "level 2" units!
Read It Once Again is awesome for my preschoolers. I only have two units
at this point but the speech pathologists have all the units. I'm jealous.
Maybe I could write a grant to purchase the units.
What a fun way to teach through play! Thank you
I absolutely love the units! I have 16 of them and share with my
coworkers frequently. They are a great planning guide for my classroom and
help me cover all aspects of learning - I love the gross motor activities
and fine motor activities that are included. What a great resource! Can't
wait to see the "Give a Mouse a Cookie" unit!
Shannon Kiser Somerville
As an SLP I love all units and activities provided. One of the preschool
classes I work with use the units throughout the school. The curriculum
helps me to collaborate with the teacher and ensure carryover.
My son always LOVED Read It Once Again as a preschooler and I'm so glad
they have now made a level 2! I hope you continue to increase in the levels
becasuse this is such a great concept and really helps my child to learn!
Sarah Power Love
I LOVE my Read It Once Again units and would not consider going to
preschool without them! We have the most fun on book party days....when
everyone gets their own copy, just like the teacher's, of our book. What a
treat to see our sweet people "reading" everywhere we look!
Sandra Daniel Faggart
Reading a book over and over is exactly how young children learn to read
and love books. Great fun and lots of preschool activities for any book.
Susan Coverdill Cmiel
These units have been the best thing for my teaching!! They are so easy
to use and the kids love the books. It has made my life so much easier :)
Julie MacRae Miller
I love your book units. I discovered you at the ASHA convention. Can't wait
to explore the activities! Very much a time saver.
Bethany Turner Cathey
Love the color printables for take home activities
Kim Frizzle Cook
Finishing up One Duck Stuck this month. Love these units. Easy to use
and developmentally appropriate
Love these units - found them at a SECA conference - great ideas, easy
to use & developmentally appropriate...LOVE it! What a time saver!
Cathy Thirsk Stevens
Finishing up The Mitten for January, and getting ready for "The Three
Billy Goats Gruff" - I believe that one is my favorite and my students love
My planning time is cut in half!!!...that gives me more time and ENERGY
to work with the children!!....it's all about the kids!
Testimonial from Natalie Dixon
Jesse Bobo Elementary School
Testimonial from Theresa Loving
Testimonial from Nancy Bailey
"What makes greatness is starting something that lives after you."
I have had the great privilege of knowing Rae Schaper for 5 years. She was a
professor in the special education department at Presbyterian College while
I was a student. I was fortunate enough to be under her teaching for my
years at PC and grew in my love of preschool children with special needs
through her inspiration to me. She is very knowledgeable in this field of
study and has spent many days and hours to create an effective curriculum
for preschool special education teachers. She has truly started "something
that lives after her". The students at Presbyterian College have been
inspired by her dedication, as well as many early childhood educators. I am
eternally grateful for what she has given me!
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain your program to us. The
teachers were very excited about it! We truly appreciate your time.
We will be placing our order today or Monday. Our problem is that we hare
having a hard time narrowing down the selection! You have a wonderful
product and we are looking forward to implementing it this year.
August 4, 2006
What a treat to come home on Tuesday and the Brown Bear book to be here. It
is wonderful. I have already looked through it several times. I told several
teachers about the new Brown Bear book and they were not familiar with your
product. I then shared how wonderful the books were, and so complete.
Several commented they would love to use some end of the year money to order
several books. Hopefully you will receive several more orders from these
Again, thanks for your prompt service. I am sure the Brown Bear unit will be
one of your top sellers.
May 19, 2007
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new curriculum (and we’re only on day2). I just
wanted to say we would love to see you do “There was an Old Lady Who
Swallowed a Fly”! Our kids LOVE this book and it would be awesome done in
August 14, 2007
We are looking at buying all of the remaining units we have not yet gotten.
We got about 8 last year. We are submitting a grant for some more. We use
them for our special needs preschool and special needs kindergarten,
speech/language classes and other special ed. classes. They are great!!!!!!
Robyn F. Benjamin
September 12, 2007
My PKVE classes just finished a month of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I
usually do a book a week, but we loved, loved, LOVED the book for a month.
You put almost everything in the world in the units. It was probably the
best curriculum I have used in my 20+ years of teaching. You are wonderful.
Orange County Public Schools
April 18, 2007
My name is Erica Rowles. I am a preschool teacher for children with Autism.
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful I think your curriculum is. I
always had a difficult time getting the children to listen and love story
time. Now it is the FAVORITE time of day. The children love the visuals and
sequencing cards. Once they are familiar with the book we read, they ask for
it over and over again. They want to come and work on the worksheets because
they love the books. I am so excited to fine something that integrates all
areas of development in a cohesive integrative manner. It has increased the
speech of many of the children. (I thank the nursery rhymes and repetitive
activities for that). I have been so thrilled with the progress the children
have made since we began using the curriculum in December. The school that I
work for has agreed to purchase all the binders for me because they too are
excited about them. The families love receiving the packets indicating their
child’s progress at the end of each unit. This has been such a fantastic
tool, that I can’t thank you enough for creating it!
May 8, 2007
Just wanted to say hi. Don't know if you remember me from PC, but I
graduated in 2001...have since gotten married, but my maiden name was
Caroline Dunbar. I have moved from teaching TMD in Richland 2 to preschool
special ed at Anna Boyd (I took Jenn Jordan's old class) and just wanted to
tell you how much I have enjoyed doing the units. We are finishing up
Jamberry and my kids have loved the units. They love sequencing the story
cards as we read the books and they have fun with the other activities from
the units. They have now memorized Hot Cross Buns and they are always asking
if they can say it. Just wanted to let you know how much of a success the
units are and how much they help in planning so that we don't have to
"re-invent the wheel".
Caroline Dunbar Peek
Rae, Just when I was eagerly awaiting the beginning of summer vacation, you
have made me wish I had more time this year to delve into the new units. You
have made excellent choices! I can't believe that I was ever convinced that
I needed to change themes every week, when it is so easy to add to your
existing units. For example, we are doing Jump, Frog, Jump now and it is
simple to add other pond animals in our centers. The children are so excited
and motivated! They look forward to Pack It Day more than Christmas. You are
an inspiration to us all. It is wonderful to watch terrific new ideas in
education grow and prosper. If there is any way in which I can contribute
during summer break, please contact me. Best wishes,
Dear Ms. Schaper,
My children are really enjoying The Mitten, the repetition has really helped
them out. I have shared my units with a few other teachers and they have
been really impressed. (The didn’t think they could spend an extended amount
of time on one book) I was wondering if you could maybe suggest some areas
that Kindergarten children could work on. I have a class with 8 Pre-K
children (ages 3-5) and 4 Kindergarten children (6-7). My main focus is
socialization, but I have a few children that could benefit from a little
more challenging academics.
The children love to help me read the book each day and we use the story
cards a lot!!! (great visuals for children using sign language- we are still
trying to find sign for all of the animals) Thanks so much for all of your
Dear Rae Lea,
I wanted to let you know how much we enjoy your curriculum units. It makes
organization easy for me, but most of all the children are learning!!
I wonder if you can help just a little bit more? I am looking to change my
class from a full day to a morning and afternoon session. If you know of
other teachers who schedule their day this way, would you please pass this
message along to them? I am interested in how their day is scheduled.
Thanks in advance and thanks for your fantastic curriculum units!!
Lee County, Florida
I enjoyed your unit on Corduroy immensely. As a culmination for the
unit, I took my students to Build-A-Bear to create their own Corduroy.
I sewed little green corduroy overalls for all of their bears to make
them look even more like Corduroy. We really had a ball! The students
are still talking about all the things we did during the trip. They
especially enjoyed riding the escalator in Belk's and the Carousel in
the food court. We will definitely do Corduroy as a unit again!
Kelly A. Wright
Boundary Street Elem.
There are 3 of us PCD teachers with your curriculum and 2 K-4 teachers
with your curriculum. You are very popular here at Anderson Mill! We
absolutely love your curriculum. It is so wonderful to be able to open
a book and find all of these wonderful activities right at our
fingertips. All five of us get together and plan our lesson plans for
the month together. Next year, we are adding another PCD teacher.
Hi! I hope you're having a great day and a Happy New Year. I am one of the
many teachers that loves using your curriculum. Your notebooks are all
wonderful. This is my second year using them and I can't be more pleased.
Thank you for your great hands-on activities and ideas.
Keep 'em com'in!:)
I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed using these materials.
Our school system ordered the first ones that I used but I didn't want to
wait on available money to get this one to use in January. I am using the
units in a preschool language delayed classroom and it is wonderful. Thank
Thank you so much, we really have enjoyed the little old lady who wasn't
afraid of anything - we did 6 "performances" today - they were precious.
My class is having sooo……much fun with “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t
Afraid Of Anything”!!!! We started reading it and doing little activities
from it the Monday I got back from the CEC Convention. Tomorrow we will do
the story for our speech and language therapist.
I enjoyed your session and will be in touch about getting other books in the
I love the units! Focusing on one a month has really helped my
children. I have to work with them individually because group time is
not practical for their super short attention span. They are low.
I have used Is Your Mama a Llama and am now on Goodnight Moon. Next
will be The Three Bears. I am working on a requisition from our
district to purchase several more.
Thanks for your interest. Keep up the good work. I would be willing
to be an advocate for your books if you need any references.