Author Archives: SLC

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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Learning Through the Arts

Are you wondering how to teach through the arts while making curriculum connections and covering academic standards successfully? I teach Prek-4 in Aldine ISD in Houston, Texas. Over the years, I have developed a fondness for integrating the visual arts … Continue reading

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