The Hatch Early Learning Blog

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How an Early Learning Solution Can Make an Immediate Impact in Your Classroom

With Ignite by Hatch, we’ve seen children experience two levels of growth in just six months. And much of that progress is owed to those behind the scenes, like Kylie Rymanowicz, a content developer at Hatch, who works on Ignite.

Recently, Kylie shared a case study from the 2020-21 school year that highlights the growth that can be seen when a pre-kindergarten program implements Ignite as their early learning platform. Read some highlights from the case study below, and watch the full video to see more information about how Ignite can move the needle for early learners.

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5 Best Practices to Ensure a Seamless Early Learning Digital Platform Implementation

When it comes to incorporating a digital platform into your early learning program, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

Last week, during our webinar session, "Best Practices to Ensure a Seamless Early Learning Digital Platform Implementation," we spoke to two education leaders about their own journey incorporating digital technologies into classrooms. Therese Hunt, Ed.D., the Head Start/Preschool Education Supervisor for Early Childhood Programs for Butler County ESC in Ohio, and Consuelo Casas, HCHSP Administrator for Education for the Hidalgo County Head Start Program in Texas, recently incorporated Ignite by Hatch into their learning programs.

To help other educators incorporate digital tools into their learning programs, they offer these five tips to ensure a seamless and successful implementation.

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4 Books to Celebrate National Family Literacy Month

National Family Literacy Month ends today, but that doesn't mean we have to stop reading together! When it comes to instilling a lifelong love of reading among children, families play a critical role. That’s why it’s so important to encourage parents to read aloud to their children at home during and beyond National Family Literacy Month.

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How One Preschool Administrator in Louisiana Uses Ignite to Boost Kindergarten Readiness

Like most early childhood educators, the main goal of Lola Vallaire-Thomas, a preschool administrator in Louisiana’s Vermillion Parish Early Childhood Network, is to prepare her early learners for kindergarten. But it’s not always easy, especially when there’s a disconnect between city, district, and state standards, and the Gold objectives her program is expected to meet.

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5 Creative Ways to Prepare Children for Assessments

Understanding where a child’s strengths lie — and where room for improvement may exist — is critical when it comes to academic success. While assessments will shine a light on the skill areas that need more attention, it’s more effective to identify where additional support is needed before test time. This way you can tailor classroom experiences that not only boost learning, but make it even more enjoyable!

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Shining A Light On Every Child - Classroom Software To Unlock A Child's Full Potential

Hatch Experts Team
Dec. 30, 2020

In early childhood education, we talk a lot about “at-risk children”. Moreover, we do all we can to identify these students through the lens of ethnicity, language and socio-economic status. This is especially true in the early childhood classroom, where so much attention is paid to managing so many different kids with so many different backgrounds and abilities.

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From The Experts: Your Autism Questions Answered

Kay Holman, Ph.D.
Dec. 30, 2020

Our webinar’s speakers are so brilliant, we wish we could have asked them questions all day long. Kay Holman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP from Towson University and Erica Solliday, M.S. and Catherine Walton from Baltimore County Public Schools treated us to an insightful look into the world of autism among early learners. But since we couldn’t keep them all day, they were kind enough to choose a few questions from a recent webinar. (If you missed this fantastic discussion, please click here to watch it.) Read on for what they had to say:

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How Can Technology Create A Closer Connection Between Classroom And Home?

Brian Mills
Dec. 30, 2020

As I sit here patiently waiting for the birth of my daughter in less than 3 months, I all too often picture her emerging from the womb with an iPad, securely in her grip, loaded with various instructional resources ready to guide me for the next 18 or so years of her life. While I have come to realize this will not be the case, it has made me think about the use and implementation of technology in the earliest of classrooms.

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The Transformation Of Hatch Early Learning…And Why It Matters To You

Ginny Norton
Dec. 30, 2020

I have devoted my professional life to progressing the field of early childhood education through the use of technology. Being the leader of a mission-driven organization, much of my time has been dedicated to how innovation can help solve challenges facing our field. One of the challenges we face is how to make developmentally appropriate technology an integral part of every classroom.

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4 Ways Teachers Can Help Protect Children’s Data

Hatch Experts Team
Dec. 27, 2020

We’re living more of our lives on the internet and in front of screens than ever before. Every day, mobile technology more closely resembles magic: It has helped us become more connected and efficient, and opened up worlds that were once only visible in our imaginations. Classrooms have been impacted by technology just as much as other parts of the world, which can be exciting territory for educators.

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Notes from the Classroom: Coding in Preschool

Nancy Kopf
Dec. 27, 2020

"Move forward." Xavier is 4-years-old, and he is holding a tiny tile with an arrow on it. We are playing the robot-powered coding game, Matatalab, and I've just asked him what he thinks the tile means. Granted, I had prompted him generously.

Xavier's teacher, Ms. Owens, approaches curiously from across the room. "Did he speak?" she whispers. "Xavier doesn't speak that often."

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Why Longitudinal Reporting is Critical in Early Education

Hatch Experts Team
Dec. 27, 2020

In the commercial world, data capture, storage and analysis are the backbones of innovation and optimization. Knowing this, why are educational organizations slow to adopt strategies to leverage data? Educators and their organizations have some data (graded papers, exam metrics, and pass/fail tests), but the insights are limited. While corporations are able to track changes over time and make future predictions, most early education programs are stuck with vertical reporting, which only shows the here-and-now.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Month in the United States. The purpose of Mental Health Month is to raise awareness about the importance of Mental Health and stop the stigma associated with it. Mental health is defined as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It effects how we think, feel, and act in response to events that have happened in our lives.

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