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Design a Summer Reading Program for Early Literacy

Design a Summer Reading Program for Early Literacy

Indeed, schools should be well equipped to manage returning students that had varied summer experiences and were exposed to diverse learning opportunities. Some students may require more help than others in the form of one-on-one or group support.

But how can we mitigate the summer slide?

Or looking at it from a more positive angle, what if more learning opportunities were available during the summer so all students could continue to maintain and build their early literacy skills?

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The 20 Best Strategies for Teaching Early Math Skills

The 20 Best Strategies for Teaching Early Math Skills

In a study on school readiness and later achievement, it’s said that early math skills have even greater predictive power than reading and attention skills, when it comes to determining success.

Given math is such an integral part of early childhood education, we wanted to do a comprehensive roundup of all strategies written on this topic.

We present them in this article.

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Early Childhood Teachers— Creating the Perfect Team

Early Childhood Teachers— Creating the Perfect Team

Despite all the challenges commonly faced by teachers, they are committed to the teaching profession to help students.

It takes an enormous amount of effort and dedication to teach preschoolers, kindergarteners and students in the early elementary grades. That’s why Sprig Learning supports the teaching cause by designing holistic early learning programs for Pre-K to Grade 3.

For this year’s National Teacher Day, let’s take time to understand each teaching role to truly appreciate them!

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Using Play-based Technology to Teach Early Math Skills

Using Play-based Technology to Teach Early Math Skills

Encouraging and motivating a student during their early math experiences allows them to develop a keen interest in math. Such enjoyment and persistence in learning math pays off. Students explore creative ways to advance their learning instead of being discouraged and frustrated.

Play-based learning drives engagement in the early years.

Technology facilitates play.

In this article, we explore technology’s potential in teaching early math skills.

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Early Learning Student Successes From 3 Amazing Case Studies.

Early Learning Student Successes From 3 Amazing Case Studies.

It may be easier to raise the performance standards for some students, but it’s a much more difficult task to ensure all students receive the academic support they need.

Whether it’s creating the right vision for early learning, or writing a high-performing school improvement plan, Sprig aims to present what has worked for schools.

This article is the latest installment of our early learning school improvement series. We present 3 case studies from the US that resulted in early learning student success. Each case is followed by a takeaway.

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Applying the Science of Reading in Early Literacy Strategies

Applying the Science of Reading in Early Literacy Strategies

There are hundreds of different factors that determine literacy success, and there are potentially more factors that remain unresearched.

That being said, the evidence for the Science of Reading deserves thorough consideration from educators who are looking for ways to build early literacy skills in and develop proficient readers in their classrooms.

In this article, we look at how the Science of Reading informs early literacy strategies.

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11 Reasons Why Holistic Learning Strengthens Early Learning

11 Reasons Why Holistic Learning Strengthens Early Learning

One of the major reasons is holistic learning’s connection to differentiated instruction, which enables educators to personalize learning for every early child. Sprig’s holistic assessments help educators identify the unique strengths, needs and learning interests of every child.

Here are 11 more reasons why holistic learning suits early learning so well.

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Improving Student Achievement in Early Learning [Findings From Over 30 Schools and 3 Case Studies]

Improving Student Achievement in Early Learning [Findings From Over 30 Schools and 3 Case Studies]

Sprig Learning is a purpose-built company that aims to provide every child a fair shot at success. Doing so requires the cooperation of many — administrators, teachers, parents, etc.

In order to best serve all learners, there should be a needs assessment conducted by school districts followed by school improvement plans that are written in accordance with the discovered needs.

By assessing what is working versus what is not, an action plan for school improvement can be set in motion.

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High-Performing School Improvement Plan [With 3 Actual Cases from Early Learning]

High-Performing School Improvement Plan [With 3 Actual Cases from Early Learning]

With the right school improvement plan, becoming a high-performing school is a reality. It’s best to learn from existing case studies. We present three of them in this article.

Sprig Learning designs high-quality and culturally enabling early literacy and numeracy programs for pre-K to Grade 3.

High-quality early learning programs are used by school districts all over North America to produce meaningful results and deliver the best outcomes for young students.

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Designing The Best Assessments in Early Childhood Education

Designing The Best Assessments in Early Childhood Education

Assessments are critical to early childhood education and development. We look at early learning assessment best practices to design the most effective assessments.

In school districts across Canada and the US, there is a standardized assessment delivered at the end of grade 3 or grade 4 which often represents the first standardized assessment in the early years. It also often marks the end of the primary school years. But in fact, a lot of the time, early childhood education begins with an assessment!

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The Essentials of An Early Childhood Teacher Schedule

The Essentials of An Early Childhood Teacher Schedule

How can educators be better supported in their daily schedules? The essential components of teacher schedules are explored in this article, to suggest areas where help can be accepted. By following a set structure, an educator ensures that they are fitting the best quality education possible in the time they have at the school with their students.

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What Can Sprig Learning Do for You?

What Can Sprig Learning Do for You?

Introducing Sprig Learning, the holistic early learning platform that provides every young student a fair shot at success. What does this mean for everyone involved? Whether you are a parent, a teacher, principal, a school district or community leader, an education innovator, or perhaps all of the above, Sprig’s products are designed to help everyone involved in early childhood education.

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3 Critical Reasons to Focus on Early Childhood Education Programs

3 Critical Reasons to Focus on Early Childhood Education Programs

Why are early childhood education programs of such importance in our society? Here are 3 critical reasons that break it down. Early childhood education is defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the National Association for the Education of Young Children as birth to 8 years of age. This corresponds to pre-K to Grade 3 in the school system.

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The 4 Golden Rules of Early Literacy Development

The 4 Golden Rules of Early Literacy Development

Early literacy development is in the back of every Pre-K to grade 3 teacher’s mind. Apply these 4 golden rules to see young students become better readers and writers. Family Literacy Day was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to promote the joy of life-long learning. It’s never too late for anyone to improve their skill level in reading or writing. But it’s best if such a process starts early, hence the importance of early literacy!

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Augmented Reality in Early Childhood Education. More Than a Trend.

Augmented Reality in Early Childhood Education. More Than a Trend.

Will augmented reality work in early childhood education? It will, if used in the right context. We explain its potential. Adding technology to any learning program will not immediately translate into improved student outcomes. However, technology, when used with physical educational materials, has the potential to add tremendous value to classrooms.

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Holistic Formative Assessments. The New Wave.

Holistic Formative Assessments. The New Wave.

Formative assessments are used by educators throughout North America to teach students. How can holistic formative assessments help? In education, formative assessments are extremely popular. Schools that use formative assessment show gains in academic achievement for students. For previously underachieving students, the gains are more pronounced due to the impact of formative assessments.

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SXSW EDU 2019

SXSW EDU 2019

Sprig Learning CEO Jarrett Laughlin had the opportunity to talk about how an iPad and real-time data are helping Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in Nova Scotia capture multiple perspectives of early literacy while promoting language learning in the home,...

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