Needing more support in building a stronger bridge between home and school?

We have the Workshop Just for You! Learn to increase parent engagement at your school/center based on best practices and Texas House Bill 4 standards

Come learn how to:

  • Become a welcoming school or classroom
  • Build and maintain great relationships with families
  • Increase family involvement while developing literacy

Accomplish these goals through the use of free and low cost (fun!) literacy resources available to all!

BookSpring – Parent Engagement Through Early Literacy 

October 4, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workshop ID: FA1635815

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Supports Strand 2 of the Family Engagement Plan, specifically:

  • (A)  facilitate family-to-family support using strategies such as:

    (i)  creating a safe and respectful environment where families can learn from each other as individuals and in groups;

  • (C)  increase family participation in decision making using strategies such as:

    (v)  engaging families in shaping program activities and cultivating the expectation that information must flow in both directions to reflect two-way communication;

  • (D)  equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning using strategies such as:

    (i)  designing or implementing existing home educational resources to support learning at home while strengthening the family/school partnership;

    (ii)  providing families with information and/or training on creating a home learning environment connected to formal learning opportunities;

    (v)  providing families with information, best practices, and training related to age-appropriate developmental expectations;

    (vi)  emphasizing benefits of positive family practices such as attachment and nurturing that complement the stages of children’s development;

    (viii)  encouraging families to reflect on family experiences and practices in helping children;

Say Goodbye to Calendar Time!

Recently a fellow Pre-K teacher shared on Facebook a Blog Post that titled Say Goodbye to calendar time!  The title quickly caught my eye as this is something we have been emphasizing in our trainings at Region 13 and during our coaching visits.

Here is a preview of the blog post:

Why I said goodbye to Calendar time? I realized that young children do not truly develop a sense of time in terms of dates, months, and years until well after their preschool years. Yes, they can memorize the months of the year and the days of the week. And yes, they can memorize counting up to 31. And yes, they can see that all these numbers and letters are organized in a neat package on our morning greeting board.

However, when I asked myself, “Is the precious time we spend every day on these kinds of rote drills truly the most meaningful and valuable use of our time?” or “Does calendar time lead to meaningful conversations” or “Does calendar time assist in building a strong community” or “Are the children loving the process?” I had to say “no.”


Hello to Greeting time

….. Most of our morning greeting routine is simple and depending on the children’s interest, the entire amount of time we spend together each morning as a community varies. I love what Amanda Morgan says in the Bam Radio Interview when it comes to what is most important in the process of building a valuable morning greeting/circle time experience: “…an emphasis on meaningful language and having conversations with children because that is really important and one of the big building blocks of literacy that is more important than some of the rote activities that is common in many practices.” In regards to the length of morning greeting time Amanda states, “I don’t think we can put a number on it because it really does just need to be responsive to the children that we have in our group…”


If you have been doing calendar time for a while and think you can’t give it up completely try to do it gradually and start to incorporate some new activities to your Morning Circle Time. I promise you will find value in doing so!

Want to learn more? Read  Calendar Time: Good Intentions Gone Awry by Sallee J. Beneke, Michaelene M. Ostrosky and Lilian G. Katz

Distinguished Speaker in Science

Join us on September 28, 2016 for a fun, interactive day with Science Teacher and Author Emily Morgan!

Early Childhood Teachers who increase their understanding of what science is at the preschool level will come to see that science can be incorporated into many, if not most, of the activities that they already do.

Throughout the day Emily will be modeling science and reading activities from her Next Time You See books that serve as a reminder that you don’t have to look very fa to find something remarkable in nature.  She will also be sharing instructional strategies that can be done before and after reading the books in her series.

Enjoy watching an example from her boot entitled, Next Time You See a Maple Seed.


Register online with Region 13 E-Campus:


2016-2017 Distinguished Speakers in Science:  Emily Morgan (FA1634475)