Alara is a VPK student at Blackburn Elementary; her father brought Alara and baby Russell to Soar in 4 for his first time. “They both love it, and my wife told me to bring them this time.” Amazed at the variety of opportunities for the children to play, dad expressed gratitude toward the community and […]
Ava dances at the South Florida Museum while fellow Soar in 4 families play music in the courtyard. Besides providing enjoyment, music can play an important role in language and literacy development. Repetition in songs supports and enhances emergent literacy by offering children an opportunity to read higher-leveled text. Ava is a first grader, and […]
Matias is a bilingual VPK student at Sea Breeze Elementary. His mom, who speaks Spanish only, brings Matias to Soar in 4 so that he can have new experiences, and she can find opportunities to share with him. “It’s an opportunity to bring him into new spaces,” Mom explained. “I love to share exciting things […]
Pictured above: Carol Cartwright, teacher of VPK ESE at Oneco Elementary, and Kim Ross, from the nonprofit Whole Child, attend Soar in 4 each month. Soar in 4 creates a space for community engagement that aligns directly with family needs, allowing nonprofits to work alongside early education teachers, ensuring holistic family support, as well as […]
Dr. Sheila Halpin collaborates with Cory Bernaert at the Art Center. Cory is a kindergarten teacher at Freedom Elementary School. Soar in 4 allows professionals to collaborate and connect with others over the joy of creative learning. Cory provided a creative and challenging opportunity for young readers to become engaged in their own learning. The […]
Soar in 4 goes incorporates important community partners. The Food Bank of Manatee attends every Soar in 4 event to provide information to families about nutrition and access to food in the community, in addition to providing a creative and fun, literacy-rich experience.