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Read about some of our success stories.

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 me…
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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 Ma…
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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 t…
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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 …
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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 aro…
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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 grad…
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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. …
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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 “Ma…
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The Power of Presence

Before beginning our circles this week we spent time reflecting.  The purpose was to consciously gather information to share during the discussion.   With intention, we deeply thought prior to spea…
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The Power of Presence Continues

This week our book circles used a jigsaw technique. We divided up the reading last week by choosing a Presence that spoke to us. Upon returning this week circle groups were presented with a blank s…
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Thanks Berry Much!

Thank you to the Food Bank of Manatee for providing strawberries for our students to explore.  Our classrooms started off the day by introducing the fruit and then inviting the children to share what…
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Healthy Habits Run Wild!

Tonight at Soar in 4 we focused on the importance of healthy habits in young children.    Building healthy habits contributes to school success; research shows that physical activity supports acade…
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Soar in 4 and The Power of Presence

Soar in 4 Flock Leaders, Facilitators and Supporters were invited to participate in a learning and sharing circles focusing on the book The Power of Presence by Joy Thomas Moore. This investment in o…
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Arts Literacy

On February 2nd Soar in 4 teachers were invited to an Arts Literacy Professional Development workshop. This workshop was designed to help teachers support their students learn in and through the ARTS.…
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Living Life on the Edge

On January 26th our teachers, support staff and community members participated in the Life on the Edge simulation hosted by Step Up Suncoast and the Manatee County School District. The simulation show…
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