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Spotlight on Success

Read about some of our success stories.

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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Soar in 4 is Inspiring Creativity

Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression—it is also essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligence.  Our January Soar in 4 introduced families to use b…
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Soaring TOPPs

Currently Soar in 4 is supporting 45 Manatee County Public School paraprofessionals as they embark on their educational journey to earn a bachelor degree in early education. TOPPs is a collaborative …
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Soaring in December

Parents, guardians, and friends spent time tonight engaged in play-based learning. Playing games and solving puzzles together are two simple yet powerful ways to bond with children while also preparin…
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Soar in 4 Saturday at The Ringling

Thank you to The Ringling for hosting our first Saturday Soar in 4.  Close to 500 Soar in 4 families attended this amazing day.  This special day was fun for the whole family! We participated in ar…
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Hope and Healing

On December 15th we held a community professional development opportunity in collaboration with Centerstone, the Van Wezel Teaching Artists, Soul to Soul Yoga and The Ringing.  Teachers, paraprofessi…
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Pasco County is Soaring

Pasco County Schools and the Pasco Education Foundation are Soaring.  They are adopting the Soar in 4 model to engage their early learning families.  We are excited that they value engaging early …
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Fairy Tale Follies

Thank you to the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County.  On December 13th they invited close to 700 children, ages three to five, from our Soar in 4 neighborhoods to attend a live stage perf…
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Produce Partners

Thank you to Detwiler’s Farmers Market and the Manatee Food Bank for their generous donation of fresh fruit and produce for our Soar in 4 classrooms. Our teachers created fruit and vegetable exp…
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Rogers Garden VPK is FLYing

The Family Literacy Yearlong (FLY) kits are a classroom set of 22 complete week long activities that have been designed to support the Florida VPK standards.  Each week the classroom teacher select…
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