Clap Into Kindergarten® provides all the resources that children and their caregivers require to navigate the ever changing early learning landscape. Established during a time when parents entered a virtual classroom, we are your expert at engaging children both virtually and in person. From one-on-one enrichment to the classroom, we write our way to personal achievement. Our enthusiastic style is one of patience, creativity, flexibility, and fun!
Meet the Owner Emily Hayes
Emily Hayes is a kindergarten teacher at a small private school in Durham, NC. She received her Master’s in Education and Inclusion from the University of Rochester and has worked in classrooms with a variety of physical abilities and neurodiversity. Emily fell in love with teaching handwriting and has created her own company, Clap Into Kindergarten® to support young learners during the onset of virtual learning. Emily is a Google certified educator and a Level I certified handwriting specialist. A few fun facts, she loves eating watermelon with salt, reorganizing furniture, and traveling to Asia. She resides in Cary, NC with her husband and two children.
What people say about
Clap Into Kindergarten
Clap Into Kindergarten® was the best virtual camp and preparation for kindergarten that we could have asked for. Emily’s boundless energy and deep knowledge of early education, literacy, and handwriting are incredible. She kept our 5-year-old twins engaged and interested the whole week, and got them to try new things at every turn. Her 1:1 advice to help with our son’s handwriting has been hugely helpful, and he now has the right tools to keep moving forward with handwriting. We absolutely recommend working with Emily any chance you get!
Goldie really needed that extra push to begin reading. She was resistant with us at home but once she started with Emily, she wanted to do great work for Emily, and that led to her wanting to do great work at home. She went from knowing some letters to knowing all of her capital letters and sounding out CVC words in only 6 sessions! Emily also taught us how to teach her and follow through with the lessons at home – we were completely lost when we started! I would recommend Clap into Kindergarten® to anyone. The gains Goldie has made because of Emily are invaluable!
Emily was amazing. Very encouraging. Clear direction/instruction for Joey. She gave him the confidence he needed to become a better writer, while making it fun for him!
Emily was able to make handwriting fun for my daughter and greatly increased her motivation, confidence, and stamina. She is very knowledgeable and taught both of us strategies which we will incorporate going forward. Highly recommend it!
Such a great class; Miss Emily is wonderful with the Kinder crowd and has a magical ability to get them interested in and engaged in content!
Maryann had a rocky kindergarten, learning remotely for part of the year. She was struggling with phonics, but she has improved dramatically over the summer after working with Emily. We are all more confident in her ability to navigate first grade.
My son absolutely loved Emily. He looked forward to working with her every week. He grew exponentially in reading and writing.
Emily is a great teacher, tutor, coach and more to young children. My son started working with her in first grade after completing kindergarten virtually. We needed to get up to grade level and really learn to read and write properly. Emily made things fun for my son and is excellent at what she does. We did work with Emily virtually and did not feel that caused any issues. It was just the same as if she would have been in person. My son is now reading very well and ready to go on to 3rd grade next year! Thanks for all you have done Emily to get us here!
I can’t say enough good things about you as a person and about your approach to teaching! You make it fun, engaging, and exciting for my daughter and are so systematic/scientific in your approach. Her reading skills have blossomed since she started working with you.