By Maya Sussman, director of product December may be the “Season of Giving,” but we know that schools, Head Starts, and community-based organizations are in the business of giving all year round. Our partners share concrete resources, opportunities, and advice with families constantly, based on their unique understanding of their community’s needs and strengths. ButContinue reading “Concrete Resources Families Want”
By Rebecca Honig, director of content When my first child went to elementary school I basically went with her. I mean, I didn’t enroll officially, but there were enough PTA meetings, classroom volunteer opportunities, conferences, concerts, family nights, and field trips to give me the general sense that I was traveling through each grade rightContinue reading “Ready4K is Going to Middle School!”
By Heer Shaikh, Program Success Manager “Sahteen” (صحتين) means “double health.” People wish each other “Sahteen” before and after eating. It’s one of the bits and pieces of culture I squirreled away when learning Arabic as a kid. There’s no equivalent in English or any of the other languages that were part of my childhood.Continue reading “Culturally Responsive Family Engagement”
This article is part of our series: Voices of Engagement. In this series, we interview the people we are listening to and learning from as we continually evolve and improve our family engagement programs. It’s a truism that schools are asked to play an increasing role in our social safety net for families. Community collaborationContinue reading “Easing the School Load: Supporting Immigrant Families with Collaboration”
By Mary Westervelt, director of marketing, and Maya Sussman, director of product Last weekend I broke into my son’s school. Well, the gate was unlocked and ajar, but as I snuck down the steps and peeked through that tiny door window, I felt like an intruder. It’s been a long time since I felt likeContinue reading “What Elementary Families Want”
By the Ready4K Team Families are essential partners in building early literacy muscles. But catalyzing those moments requires a great plan that: Makes it easy for families Leverages your strengths Encourages families to feel like they’re part of the team In this workshop we explore and practice proven tactics for creating a family-facing literacy programContinue reading “Webinar: Sparking Family Literacy Moments”
Harness the Power of Family Engagement This article is part of our series: Voices of Engagement. In this series, we interview the people we are listening to and learning from as we continually evolve and improve our family engagement programs. By April Hawkins, Marketing Manager, and Chaná Edmond-Verley,Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Futures and President ofContinue reading “Want to Solve Chronic Absenteeism?”
By Françoise Lartigue, M.Ed., Ready4K senior content and curriculum specialist When I was in the throes of parenting toddler twins and a preschooler, bleary eyed and physically exhausted, a friend with older children said, “Don’t worry it’ll shift. Parenting young children is mostly physically demanding. Parenting older kids is more mentally demanding.” “Oh”, I saidContinue reading “Ready for Grade 5 Families”
Across the country, the US agricultural sector relies on migrant workers. Migrant families work everywhere from the dairy farms of Vermont to the berry fields of southern California to the fisheries of Alaska. And as they move, migrant families are also working hard to ensure that their children have the educational opportunities they deserve. ButContinue reading “Case Study: Montana OPI Migrant Education Program and Ready4K”
Positive, trusted relationships with families are key to running your school. Improve your home-to-school relationships by focusing on these 3 things.
By Rebecca Honig, Ready4K director of content This blog post has ONE purpose: TO INSPIRE YOU TO PLAY. This blog post writer is going to try many tactics to get you to play. She’s going to pull out all the stops. If this blog post falls short and does NOT inspire you to play, thisContinue reading “Benefits of Play (for Grown-Ups)”
By Rebecca Honig and Françoise Lartigue, Ready4K Content Leaders I spent my summers at a camp on a farm in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The days were long in the best sort of way. They were days where one moment seamlessly took you to the next. And with each moment you collectedContinue reading “Summertime Story Sparks”
By Maya Sussman, Ready4K director of product “Last night I slept on a baseball…” A year ago today this line opened our call-to-action about taking Self-Care in Small Moments. We knew that with the pandemic wreaking havoc with everyone’s daily routine, and stress skyrocketing, creative solutions to self-care were essential. We were so excited toContinue reading “Self-Care: Are Families Actually Doing It?”
It’s 10 in the morning but the sun is already hot. The little boy, who is supposed to be participating in my next swim lesson, is clinging to his mother’s leg. His name is James. He looks hot and his face is stained with tears. learning goals “I don’t wanna swim,” he says—quietly at firstContinue reading “Summer Fun the Ready4K Way”
By Rebecca Honig, director of content One of the things I’ve always loved about writing tips and activities for Ready4K is that I get to hang out with kids while I do it. Not in person, of course, but in my imagination. That’s because as I write, I’m often picturing all the kids I taughtContinue reading “Meet My Friends: Ready4K family workshops cast”
By April Hawkins, Marketing Manager, and Françoise Lartigue, Content Manager Last month, I left a demanding school leadership role to join Ready4K. This was a hard decision that I made after realizing that my family life was happening without me. As you know, the pandemic had everyone working from home. In our house, this meantContinue reading “Transition Time Tips for Kids of All Ages”
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