Loose Parts can extend hands-on learning in any developmentally appropriate program. This presentation is everything you always wanted to know about Loose Parts; how to find them, how to use them, and how to convince administrators and parents of their value and potential to enrich your classroom. Loose Parts tap into early childhood design thinking where STEAM and learning across all domains can be amplified. Come and learn how the literacy of innovation and nurturing 21st century skills inspires creativity and joy in young students of all ages.
Anne Jackson has taught Pre-K and Kindergarten in the Houston area for thirty-two years. She holds a B.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of the South, Sewanee, and a M.ED. in Early Childhood from the University of Houston. Anne has spent her teaching career in private schools as well as teaching two years of undergraduate Curriculum and Instruction at U of H. She is currently a lead Kindergarten teacher at St. Mark’s Episcopal School. She enjoys using the “hooks” of literature, music, puppets, blocks, loose parts, and art to inspire creativity and design thinking in her young students across the curriculum. Anne completed the Rice SLC three year ELLA program in 2018. The inspiration towards best practices through the ELLA community permanently transformed her teaching and further solidified her passion for developmentally appropriate practices.