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Pajama party!

Ready to read: PJ-clad and smiling from ear to ear, Katherine Chmelev, 5, might just be the most adorable reader at PS 255’s Pajama Party on March 29.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Brooklyn tots and teachers had a pajama party — at school!

Teachers, parents, and kindergarten- and pre-K aged kids ditched their civvies for PS 255’s Pajama Party on March 29, where jammie-clad tutors read classic storybook tales to encourage students to read at home.

“The kids love it,” said Ashley Pecora, a kindergarten teacher at the Homecrest school. “They love that they’re coming to school in their pajamas, that they’re allowed to bring a blanket and stuffed animal, and the kids love that their teachers come in their pajamas.”

Lori Caiazzo — who started the annual event in 2007 — kicked off the night with a group reading of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” while giving parents tips and tricks on how to get their kids hooked on phonics, including showing their kids the book’s pictures before reading the story, and not worrying about re-reading the same book twice, thrice, or more.

The pajama-clad students then broke up into smaller groups, and were read “Caps for Sale,” a story about a cap-stealing monkey, before they were handed materials to make their own monkey puppet.

Of course, no pajama party would be complete without party favors.

“At the end of the night, the children were given a couple of books to take home and the parents got some handouts reiterating any tips for reading at home and ways to encourage their children to read at home,” said Pecora.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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