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Luanne Howe

August 24, 2019 Soar In 4 Saturday The Cat In The Hat

The Cat in the Hat visited our Soar in 4 Saturday at The Bishop Museum to encourage a love of learning and interest in science and engineering. Families were provided with on line resources to cultivate positive views about science and scientists among the next generation. With the help of interactive activities the children were […]

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August 21, 2019 The Power Of Words

Vocabulary has a fundamental role in the reading process and contributes greatly to a reader’s comprehension. A reader cannot understand a text without knowing what words mean. Children learn meanings of most words indirectly through everyday experiences with oral and written language. Other words are learned through carefully designed instruction. Beginning readers must use the […]

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Manatee County’s Advocates For Children’s Literacy

Congratulation to Steve and Carolyn Roskamp of Freedom Senior Management the recipients of the 2019 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award! Steve and Carolyn Roskamp became advocates for children’s literacy 3 years ago when they joined the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Their desire that all children are reading proficiently by the end of third grade has […]

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Soar in 4 Active Reading

Making the most of your reading experiences, active reading, is the culmination of several different strategies that a student activates when reading an unfamiliar passage. Last night author Laurel MacQuarrie and the main character from her children’s books Seefus a young slug, demonstrated how to be active readers. To be an active reader you must […]

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Becoming a Super Reader with Super Why!

The goal at Soar in 4 is to ensure that every student becomes a super reader by the time they reach third grade. Reading is a complex activity that is best taught both at home and in school. Tonight we presented a few key elements to get families started. Our goal is that families will […]

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Inspiring Us to Dream Bigger

Children’s author, Jane Plitt, joined Soar in 4 on Monday, July 29th at the Central Library to read and sign copies of her book Martha’s Magical Hair. This true story encourages children to dream and to do good. Countless children and their families listened with rapt attention as author Plitt told the true story of […]

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The Misadventures of Seefus Slug

Local author and illustrator, Laurel MacQuarrie, joined Soar in 4 last night, to read her book “Seefus Slug Goes to Sleep” followed by hands-on activities for the entire family. Soar in 4 families practiced their listening skills during the reading. We learned that Seefus Slug doesn’t like sleeping in bed. “Slug Sleep Time” is something […]

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Discovering Soar in 4

Parents, guardians and friends, tonight we spent time learning through discovery. Children are often compared to little scientists, as they use their five senses to “experiment” with the world around them. A child’s senses are built in “tools” that provide valuable information about the world in a natural “grownup free” way. Children thrive when they […]

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Inspiring Life-Long Learning

Tonight we learned that it’s important to help kids find inspiration and to feel comfortable expressing their creative ideas. Research shows that kids engaged in activities tend to have better grades, higher self-esteem, better time-management skills, and are less likely to do drugs, drink, or drop out of school.  If you want your child to be a […]

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June 19th 407 Curiosity Seekers Engaged at Soar In 4

Tonight we focused on childhood curiosity with the help of WEDU PBS, PBS KIDS friends and Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat! According to Zero to Three, nurturing your child’s natural curiosity is one of the most important ways to foster a love of learning. From a teacher’s perspective, curiosity is the […]

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