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”
By April Hawkins, Marketing Manager Literacy skills can be fun for parents and caregivers. I learned this firsthand when my spouse and I signed up to be foster parents. Before we knew it, we had three kids in our care, including a first grader who had not yet learned to read. We taught her literacyContinue reading “5 Literacy Skills Parents Love to Practice”
Dr. Wai‘ale‘ale Sarsona has a mission: to increase access to early learning for families in Hawai’i. Like school leaders across the country, Sarsona faced unexpected challenges when COVID arrived on the islands. But with Hawai‘i’s unique geography and her team’s specific learning goals, she knew the best solution would require thinking differently. As Vice PresidentContinue reading “Case Study: Supporting Kamehameha ‘Ohana Where They Are”
By Françoise Lartigue, Ready4K Content Manager “Franchise Latrine.” This was the name that appeared at the top of the first college assignment. And I almost turned it in. Luckily, I had my roommate proof it and she dissolved in a fit of laughter when she saw the mistake. Disaster averted! When I was an undergrad,Continue reading “Home Language Matters”
By Françoise Lartigue, Ready4K Content Manager A few weeks ago I ran into a good friend whom I hadn’t seen in awhile. Before I could get a word in, she stated “Don’t even ask me how I am doing!” “Okay” I responded, “So how are you coping then?” “Ha, ha!,” she said. “Not well andContinue reading “You Are Not Alone: Building Mental Health Awareness in 2021”
A year of trauma-informed family engagement surveys means lots of key insights. See what families have to say for yourself.
By Curran Mahowald, Ready4K Partnerships Manager When you sit down to dinner after a long day at work, do you immediately begin to unpack your day to a captive audience of your spouse, children, or dog? Or are you laser-focused on the task of consuming your meal, making eye contact with no one but yourContinue reading “Same Ocean, Different Boats: Eight Common School Planning Themes”
By Heer Shaikh, Program Success Manager for Distance Learning Over the last 12 months, I’ve had the opportunity to bear witness to the journey of thousands of educators and hundreds of thousands of families. As Partner Success Manager for Distance Learning at Ready4K, I’ve talked to educators who have completely reinvented the learning experience duringContinue reading “Reimagining Family Engagement”
By Rebecca Honig, Director of Content and Curriculum Every day, for the past 4 months, my 9-year-old daughter asks the same question, “How many days till I can hug my friends again?” This longing is echoed by my 13-year old who frequently probes, “When will sleepovers be a thing again?” and worries aloud, “What ifContinue reading “Feelings First”
By Curran Mahowald, Partnerships Manager Preventing and mitigating the effects of trauma was already a focus back in 2019 when Principal Domenic Russo first presented his vision for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and social and emotional learning. That was the year when Lee Antonello Elementary School established a trauma informed partnership with ProjectHEAL. LikeContinue reading “Case Study: A Safety Net and a Springboard”
When the weight of the world is heavy, it can feel hard to know where and how to place your feet to take a stand. This past year there has been a surge of racially fueled hate crimes and racially motivated harassment. The tragedy in Atlanta has brought about an awareness and understanding of theContinue reading “On Finding Footing”
When my friend asked what I could bring to her Halloween picnic I texted back without a moment’s hesitation: dessert! I was planning to go dressed as a finalist from the Great British Baking Show, so a beautifully-decorated cake practically was my costume. I spent the week leading up to Halloween watching reruns from CakeContinue reading “Perfect Recipe for Low-Stress School Data Analysis”
By Françoise Lartigue, Ready4K Content Manager We’ve been trying to follow a chore chart in my house. I resisted for a while, mostly because I liked the idea of being able to ask one of my children to do something and watch it happen. Talk about a high level of parental satisfaction! Except… that itContinue reading “How We Build Math Moments at Home”
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