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    How ReadyRosie Helps You Engage your Incoming Kindergarten and PreK Families

    Here are some exciting new tools that the ReadyRosie team has put together for you to utilize this Spring and Summer as you think about all children in your school or program being ready for Kindergarten and ready for PreK.

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    Start in Spring!

    New academic initiatives generally start in the fall, but maybe the time to start a cohesive and comprehensive family engagement strategy is now.

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    Teacher Tip of the Week: Books Recommended in Videos

    Did you know ReadyRosie has a library book recommendation connected to each one of our videos? Here’s how you can learn more about this feature and creatively put it to use for your families.

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    Do We Make Deposits into Our Parents’ Relationship Piggy Banks?

    Words can be helpful, encouraging, hurtful, confusing, specific, and so much more. A simple word can make a difference.

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    Are You Using ReadyRosie at School?

    ReadyRosie is a great tool for the classroom. Children watch the video on any device, play the game, and then tell their parents about it. Your class benefits, and the families gain support for implementing at home.

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    Teacher Tip of the Week: Using pre-built ReadyRosie playlists when sending custom playlists to your families

    ReadyRosie recently started putting pre-built playlists in the Teacher Share dashboard that allow you to easily make them your own and send to your families in a matter of seconds. Learn more here...

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    Family Engagement Video Playlists: Work Smarter Not Harder!

    Previously a group of PreK teachers from Lewisville ISD in Lewisville, TX sat down with their scope and sequence and picked out ReadyRosie Modeled Moments that matched the goals for each unit of the year. Way to go!

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    Five New Year's Resolutions for Family Engagement

    One of the best things about a new year is that we can start over or at least do things we kept meaning to do. January is typically the half way mark for most schools. We start a year with the best of intentions and then before we know it, it's January.

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    Holiday Learning

    Teachers, what do your students really want for the holidays? Many times, all they want is time with their families. This holiday season, ReadyRosie wants to support you as you support your students’ families. We created this Holiday Learning flyer in English and Spanish for you to print and send home to your families over the holiday break.

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    The Power of YOU! The Power of Customized Playlists!

    As we move into the weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break, there is so much to do and so little time. The thought of creating that customized playlist may seem overwhelming, however, Nichole Kincheloe, Kindergarten Teacher, Driver Elementary School, Suffolk, VA, said, "I've found creating a playlist is the easiest way for me to reach parents for the week."...

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    Teacher Tip of the Week: Getting all your parents registered before the holidays

    Now is a great time to go back to the classrooms you have created and make sure all of your families are registered for ReadyRosie. This week’s tip shows you how you can edit their contact information and resend invitations in order to get and keep your families engaged.

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    Self-Management—So Important for School Success!

    Do any of these instructions sound familiar? "Finish your work before you choose a center." "Stop talking." "Walk on the blue line." "Wait, it’s not your turn." "Keep your hands to yourself." Many of our instructions are about self-control.

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    No smartphone? No problem!

    According to the Pew Research Center, 90% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 own a smartphone. An article on LinkedIn recently backed up the claim that there are more smartphones than toothbrushes worldwide. Though this may be the case, ReadyRosie users have posed the question of what to do when the opposite is true – when families have toothbrushes, but not a device....

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    Teacher Tip of the Week: Connecting Multiple Teachers to Classrooms

    We've made it easy to connect multiple teachers and other educational professionals to a single classroom. This helps you collaborate as a team and get creative with your ReadyRosie strategy for the students and families you serve.

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    The Importance of Teachers in Family Engagement

    Think YOU aren't important when it comes to family engagement? Think again! Listen to Emily Roden explain why YOU are important! You make the difference.

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    Family Recipes Build Social Awareness

    What better way to appreciate family and increase social awareness at the same time than learning about family traditions? Social awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports....

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    Teachers & Parents Working Together

    Schools and families work better together when families understand exactly how they can support their child. We designed the ReadyRosie to demonstrate how to find learning moments in everyday activities.

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    Ideas for Getting All Your Families Using ReadyRosie

    Kilgore Primary School Head Start and Pre-K in Kilgore, Texas, included the ReadyRosie letter, under Resources, in their report card sleeve to get the last few parents to accept the ReadyRosie invitation.

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    Teacher Tip of the Week: Explore our Research and Answer Videos

    In addition to the hundreds of modeled moment videos in our video library, we recently added a large series of Research and Answer videos featuring early childhood experts from around the country. Check out this video to learn more about what this is about and where to find them.

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    Feelings Charades and Self-Awareness

    Identifying emotions is a characteristic of someone who is self-aware. Self- awareness is one of the 5 competencies of social and emotional learning. It is the ability to recognize one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior (CASEL). ReadyRosie's Feelings Charades is a great game to play to help children, young and older, learn to recognize and name emotions....

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    Learning From Data

    We've been tweaking some of the ways you access ReadyRosie data based on feedback and ideas that many of you have provided. Take a look at this brief video walking you through how to check your data, what to look for, and suggestions on what to do next....

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    Continuing Training and Support for your Team

    From helpful guides and recorded training videos to weekly live webinars and our ReadyRosie support team, we have plenty of opportunities to get your team a refresher or training for the first time.....

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    Your turn: using every minute

    Finding a convenient time for parents to attend a family workshop can be a challenging task. The Cannon County (TN) School District was no exception, except they did it....

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    Teacher Tip of the Week: How to view videos in Spanish

    Many of you have asked how you can see the videos in both English and Spanish. We made some fixes recently to make this easier for you. The quick video shows you two ways you can easily toggle back and forth between the English and Spanish versions of our ReadyRosie videos.

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    Red Light Green Light can teach SEL skills!

    Teaching SEL skills is not hard. It's fun. The old game Red Light Green Light is not only fun, it teaches self-management, specifically self-regulation. Engage the child's flexible memory by changing up the rules....

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    Your turn: making school-parent compacts meaningful

    Here is what one school district in Texas is doing to make its Title I school-parent compacts meaningful rather than merely meeting the letter of the law.

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    Tip of the Week: Ways to send custom playlists to your families

    Have you tried sending a custom playlist to your families yet? It's a great way to align ReadyRosie to what is happening in your classroom. Here are some tips on the different ways you can send a custom playlist to your families.

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    Sharing Family Stories

    Family engagement begins with building a relationship. One easy way to begin that relationship is to invite your families to share their family story.

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    Your Turn: Kim Jackson from Plano (TX) ISD

    Here's Kim Jackson, a PreK teacher from Plano ISD in Texas sharing how she uses ReadyRosie videos in the classroom in order to encourage its use at home.

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    Tip of the week: create a classroom and invite your families

    Here's a quick 60 second video tip for the beginning of the schools year: learn how to create a classroom and invite your families.

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    Top Three Tips for Engaging Families in Your Classroom at the Beginning of the Year

    Research and experience show that family engagement is critical in closing the achievement gap. Families who feel valued are more engaged. As you start the school year, here are a few tried and true ideas from teachers who have made their families feel valued....

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    Starting the Year Off Right with ReadyRosie

    What you need to know to (re)launch ReadyRosie for the new school year.

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    ReadyRosie launching new platform August 1!

    We are launching an all new platform that includes many new features and user experience enhancements for parents, teachers, and administrators. The launch takes place on August 1. Click here to find out what that means for you.

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    The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment – How Families can Help

    In Texas, enrollment into kindergarten is based upon the age of the child. If a child turns five before September 1, he can enroll. But is he ready?

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    Summer Learning Loss | How Families Can Help

    Summer learning loss, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate.

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    Introducing Summer Soar to Help with the Summer Slide

    At ReadyRosie, we believe that families do not need money to have a rich summer experience, but they do need resources and ideas. We know that families can take advantage of everyday summer activities and keep the learning and exploring happening all summer long when given the tools and inspiration.

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    How Can Families Access ReadyRosie Content?

    We are often asked “what if my families don't have access to the internet and have limited data on their cell plans?” Here are some suggestions to make Wi-Fi available to your families to access the ReadyRosie content...

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    ReadyRosie Expands Language Options And Pilots New Arabic Videos

    We know that our partner school districts and communities across the country serve families from many backgrounds and languages. In order to help you reach those families with relevant and effective resources, we’ve started to expand our language offerings.

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    ReadyRosie and NAEYC Week of the Young Child

    ReadyRosie is once again providing a week’s worth of free videos aligned to the daily themes of NAEYC Week of the Young Child.

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    ESSA Parent and Family Engagement

    For over a dozen years, schools provided "strategies to increase parental involvement," involved parents "in the activities of the schools," and even provided "materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement.

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    The 11 Essential Components of a Parent Curriculum

    Over 50 years later and with 32 million children served, Head Start continues this crucial mission for our nation’s most vulnerable children.

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    Texas Invests in Family Engagement

    This fall ReadyRosie is excited to welcome a number of new school districts to the ReadyRosie family and it has been made possible by the House Bill 4 grant.

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    Family Engagement in the Digital Age

    ReadyRosie is honored to be included in such well thought-out commentary on the big ideas that we think about on a daily basis as we attempt to engage families and educators in the digital age.

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    Summer Fun and Learning Aren't Mutually Exclusive: What Parents Can Do to Prevent the Summer Slump

    We think of summer and we dream of free time and fun! However, summertime is too often a season of losing the learning that has been gained throughout the school year.

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    ReadyRosie Invited to White House for Early Ed STEM Symposium

    ReadyRosie founder and CEO, Emily Roden, has been invited to participate in the symposium and work with other educational leaders from around the nation.

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    ReadyRosie and NAEYC Week of the Young Child

    ReadyRosie is once again providing a week’s worth of free videos aligned to the daily themes of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child

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    Rolling Out Ready Rosie: An Administrator's Perspective

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    ReadyRosie and Read Aloud Month

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    Texas House Bill 4 and Family Engagement

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    Inspiring Lessons Learned from Migrant Families in Maine

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    Play: The Overlooked Learning Tool

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    ReadyRosie featured in "Tap, Click, Read"

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    Leveraging the Power of Video to Build Literacy in Any Language

    Years ago I visited a city school that clearly celebrated the diversity of their population with lots of materials in English and Spanish. But, I observed some children who were not participating in the stories and songs. The teachers told me those children spoke Arabic or Urdu or Korean – and they didn’t have any resources for those languages. Can we really afford to overlook any child?  

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    ReadyRosie Now Delivered via Texting and Mobile App

    ReadyRosie is proud to launch two new delivery options for our daily videos.

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    Equipping Parents to Know Their Child

    I recently took in my 3-year-old son, Frank, for a speech assessment in our home school district. He has been having some articulation problems and our pediatrician recommended that we take him in for the free speech therapy screening.

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    The Role of Formal and Informal Learning Experiences

    With the exciting push for every child to have access to formal learning experiences through Universal preK efforts, we cannot forget the important emphasis we need to be placing in providing every child with informal learning opportunities. We know that high quality classroom learning is crucial, but so are informal bonding interactions that place learning in real world contexts.

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    Is Math Talk a Missing Key to Literacy?

    There is a problem with our country’s response to illiteracy but it’s not what you think.  Countless programs and politicians have rallied to eradicate the illiteracy rate in our country but very few have taken up the cause of illiteracy’s stepsister – innumeracy.  A recent study by Geary, Hoard, Nugent and Bailey showed that 1 in 5 adults are “innumerate”. In other words, 20% of the American work force does not possess basic math skills and, as a result, is not prepared for today’s modern jobs.

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    What makes an effective initiative to reach families with school readiness?

    In recent months, much media attention has been given to community outreach campaigns targeted at families.   At ReadyRosie, we believe in today’s families and we are in favor of any efforts designed to engage and equip them.  At the same time, we would like to encourage community and school decision makers to consider a few questions when deciding what vehicle will be used for reaching your target audience.

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    The Story of ReadyRosie

    As a mom of three young children, I struggled to find resources to help me effectively and creatively engage the rapidly developing minds of my kids.If a college-educated, former school teacher who spent years in the field of educational publishing finds herself at a loss for meaningful tools to get her kids ready for that first day of school, what does that mean for everyone else?

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    ReadyRosie is now blogging!

    Hi world!