Three St. Francis Primary School educators recently took center stage at the Rice University School Literacy and Culture's 19th annual Early Literacy Summit.
Three St. Francis Primary School educators recently took center stage at the Rice University School Literacy and Culture's 19th annual Early Literacy Summit, "Thinking Outside the Box: Promoting Higher-Order Thinking and Socio-Emotional Development in Early Childhood." Our very own Emily Hughes, Susan Meriwether, and Michelle Staller presented three separate sessions at the prominent gathering, representing St. Francis across every session and all three featured age levels.
During the one-day event, early childhood literacy teachers were challenged to "think outside the curriculum box" while studying ideas for play-based classrooms that kindle higher-order functioning and socio-emotional growth. To this end, Mrs. Hughes presented a talk on ways to inspire a creative classroom community. Mrs. Meriwether spoke on the role of storytelling in promoting oral language in young children. And Mrs. Staller offered tips on the fun and functional benefits of sensory and light tables.
These interactive sessions mingled with others led by School Literacy and Culture staff, mentors, and guests, with topics covering literacy across the curriculum as well as intentional art, block, sensory, STEM, math, and dramatic play learning centers.
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