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Manatee County’s Advocates For Children’s Literacy

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 resulted in the Soar in 4 program. The Soar in 4 mission is to ensure children have the opportunities […]

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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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Playing for Academic Success

Tonight we were focused on communication and friendship.  Young children depend on language and communication to make their wants and needs known, solve problems, ask questions and play with others.  Families joined us in play tonight and they learned ways to continue learning at home such as Reading books and telling stories are important ways to support […]

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Tinkering Offers Valuable Skills 

Tinkering Offers Valuable Skills Tonight we focused on the creativity, curiosity and confidence that comes when children are free to “make” their ideas come to life in 3-D.  The “Makers’ Movement” encourages children to create using self directed, innovative ideas that solve a real world problem or showcase a new way of thinking.  Making has […]

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