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School Literacy & Culture’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide – 2017

Play Around the Home: Gifts for Where Children Spend Their Time Welcome to the 2017 SLC Holiday Gift Guide! We hope this post finds you embracing the holiday season with Thanksgiving just around the corner and the promise of precious … Continue reading

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Listening for the Stories

Like hundreds of thousands of Houstonians, our team at Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture program returned to work this week for the first time after Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic weather event ravaged our city.  We came in jeans and tennis … Continue reading

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Program Feature: Writing Across the Curriculum

While it is easy to think of writing as its own “subject,” in reality writing is crucial across disciplines and areas of life. When developed and harnessed effectively, the symbolic thinking skills, confidence, motor skills, inventiveness and more that children … Continue reading

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Toys?

As teachers and parents, we spend a lot of time thinking about what kinds of toys we give to children. We want toys that will encourage spatial reasoning skills, facilitate motor development, inspire collaboration and spark imagination. But how often … Continue reading

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Playing to Learn, Learning to Play: How Mature, Extended Play Can Develop Both Literacy and Self-Regulation

What does “mature, extended play” entail, and what skills does it develop? These questions, while important for early childhood educators, are rarely taken up by journalists. Po Bronson is an exception: in a national tour of early childhood classrooms he … Continue reading

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