Join presenters from Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture for an in-depth session dedicated to building the foundation for a love of writing in the early childhood classroom and at home.
After an examination of how young children’s emergent writing moves from scribbles to conventional print, explore developmentally appropriate activities used to guide children through the writing process. A risk-free environment to write in, the role of dictation and the placement of meaningful writing opportunities throughout the classroom and at home are also discussed. Leave with a deeper understanding of the stages of writing as well as a number of practical ideas for creating confident writers.
Sharon earned a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies (with early childhood and ESL specializations) from Texas A&M and an M.S. in early childhood from University of Houston – Clear Lake. Sharon taught three-year-old and pre-K classes for eight years in Houston-area private schools. She has also taught kindergarten and first grade classes at Creative Writing Camp (CWC) for 15 summers and acted as site supervisor the past four summers. Sharon was a nominee for the 1997 HAAEYC (Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children) Classroom Teacher of the Year award and was named HAAEYC’s Teacher Educator of the Year in 2005.
Sharon trained as a resident with School Literacy and Culture in 1996 and has been mentoring with SLC in toddler through 2nd grade classrooms since 1999. She also acts as special projects coordinator for SLC.