An Elf on the Shelf for learning: Cincinnati mom launches Kickstarter project for My Owl Pal

Top Quote This incredible book and plush toy will help motivate young learners gain basic foundational skills needed to be ready for kindergarten. It's makes learning fun for children and easy for parents and/or teachers! This product is a great gift for anyone who has children ages 1-6 or teaches preschool or kindergarten. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 25, 2016 - Worried your child is not prepared for preschool or kindergarten? You are not alone.

    A survey of 518 kindergarten teachers by Age of Learning Inc., an education technology company, shows "65 percent stated that children are only somewhat prepared or are not at all prepared." Two-thirds of the teachers surveyed reported that the majority of children do not know their alphabet when they enter kindergarten.

    Children in all grade levels also struggle to retain knowledge over summer break. A study by the tutoring service Oxford Learning found that "on average 2 months of reading skills and 2.6 months of math skills are lost over the summer."

    Hyde Park resident Lindsey O'Connell created a children's book and plush owl toy to help parents reinforce early childhood education at home. O'Connell is a Teach For America alumna, a former kindergarten and special education teacher and a mother of two. O'Connell says she created the book "to motivate children to learn core skills, like letters, numbers and shapes while having fun." By pairing the book with the owl toy, she found children got excited about learning each morning and it had an impact similar to that of the popular Christmas toy Elf on a Shelf.

    O'Connell has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund My Owl Pal. Backers can reserve a book and owl with a $38 pledge.  Owls are expected to fly to homes before the 2017 school year. Go to:
    for more information.

    Lindsey O'Connell, lindseyjbrand ( @ ) gmail dot com

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