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Spotlight on Success

Read about some of our success stories.

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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October Soar is Embracing

Family and friends focused on the concept Embracing our Differences for our October theme.  Our hope is that the ideas presented at our Soar in 4 events become a part of our family’s home, their to…
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Embracing Our Differences Submission

The concept for our piece came from discussions with our 4 year olds and their families, many of whom originated from different countries around the world.  The picture was taken in one of our Soar i…
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Pumpkin Provocations

In early childhood teaching the term provocation is derived from the Reggio Emilia Approach. For children a ‘Reggio Inspired’ provocation is an open ended activity that doesn’t have a presc…
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Soar in 4 “Stuffed the Bus”

Soar in 4 “Stuffed the Bus” to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee,  “Stuff The Bus” was held at all 16 Manatee County Publix locations on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 9am t…
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Soaring in September

Over 450 pre-k, k, first, and second grade students and their family members attended our September Soar in 4 at our three great downtown locations, the South Florida Museum, the ArtCenter and the Ce…
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Exploring Nature

Our Soar in 4 night focused on the benefits of interacting with nature. We learned that when our children spend plenty of time playing outside it improves their chances of future health and academ…
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Water is Every Where

We use water every day, we bathe in it, drink it, and cook with it.   Children love to scoop, pour, and explore, with water over and over and over again. On July 18th we explored the physical proper…
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