Easing the School Load: Supporting Immigrant Families with Collaboration

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”

What Elementary Families Want

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”

Ready for Grade 5 Families

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”

Benefits of Play (for Grown-Ups)

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)”

Summer Fun the Ready4K Way

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”

Meet My Friends: Ready4K family workshops cast

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”

Transition Time Tips for Kids of All Ages

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”

Reimagining Family Engagement

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”