FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Footsteps2Brilliance CEO, Ilene Rosenthal, has joined the ALAS Advisory Council based in Washington, DC. ALAS, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, is committed to serving the educational needs of all students with an emphasis on Latin/o/a/x youth by building capacity, promoting best practices, and transforming educational institutions.
This week's Family Friday will get you and your family outside and put your observation skills to the test. After reading On the Go, you will go on a transportation scavenger hunt. Have fun!
What should literacy instruction look like in a preschool classroom? As high-stakes testing puts more pressure on teachers and students, the spotlight is shifting to evaluate how we are preparing students in the years before kindergarten. Expectations for our early learners are going up. Many districts are struggling with how to help more children enter kindergarten ready and on a path to academic success. While it may be tempting to transform preschool classrooms to look more like kindergarten, the research shows that there are two literacy strategies that are proven to be developmentally appropriate and massively impactful for future reading success.
This graphic from the U.S. Department of Education illustrates these two practices in action. Based on the findings of What Works Clearinghouse, phonological awareness training and interactive and dialogic reading are effective strategies to put preschoolers on the path to reading success.
This week's Family Friday is a hands-on adventure. Explore your home find the every day objects that begin with your favorite letters to create an alphabet gallery. Have fun!
This week's Family Friday will put your acting skills to the test! After you read about the different emotions in What Am I Feeling you will play a game of charades that is fun for all ages.
This week, there are BONUS game sheets you can print and do with your child at home or on the go!
For this week's Family Friday you will make a present for our two-legged friends: the birds! Just like Ursula in Ursula the Umbrella Cockatoo, the birds in your neighborhood need a place to live. Read our step-by-step guide on how to build your very own birdhouse out of everyday items.
The language gap between rich and poor children begins at birth. In fact, Stanford University research found that 2-year-old children of lower income families may already be 6 months behind in language development. Early learning gives the strongest return on investment, providing a clear path to a college education and career success.
Footsteps2Brilliance is excited to announce our partnership with College Bound from Birth. Designed and delivered by the early childhood education experts at Collaborative for Children, College Bound from Birth is a three-year quality improvement program offered at no cost in selected neighborhoods throughout Texas. Program components aim to improve the quality of early learning, leading to kindergarten readiness. Nobel Prize winning economist, James Heckman, whose research has proven the economic benefits of quality early learning, serves on the Collaborative for Children’s Advisory Board.
This week's Family Friday will deepen your student's understanding of the scientific method. Read our step-by-step guide on how to use the scientific method to test how plants absorb water in this interactive activity!
This week's Family Friday is fun for all ages. Just like in the song, race your spider up the water spout and see who gets to the top first! Read our step-by-step guide on how to play this game at home. Have fun!
El Viernes en Familia de esta semana es un dulce sabroso para todas las edades. Después de leer Ziggy the Zebra, harás tus propios y sabrosos amigos cebra. Lea nuestra guía paso a paso sobre cómo hacer este dulce en casa. ¡Que te diviertas!