Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Early Education Center Hosts First Early Childhood Education Fair

KINGSVILLE - December 11, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The King Ranch Family Trust Early Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville hosted its first Early Childhood Education Fair Nov. 22. The event, organized by Dr. Ana M. Rodriguez, assistant professor and coordinator of the early childhood program, joined students and educators of different levels of academic preparation and professional experience in an exchange of ideas and appropriate practices for teaching young children. Undergraduate and graduate students set up colorful learning stations with educational materials and manipulatives and presented innovative learning activities that integrated language and literacy skills, math, science, social studies and art.

During the event junior interdisciplinary studies majors Sara Pena and Davina Covarrubias, both of Kingsville, were presented as recipients of the King Ranch Family Trust Early Education Center Scholarships. Jennifer Effenberger, an interdisciplinary studies major from Sweeny, shared her experience as a participant of the 2008 NASA Pre-Service Teacher Institute. Brenda Gonzalez, an educator for 30 years and currently early childhood intervention specialist for ECI Project Niños, provided orientation about the importance of early intervention and appropriate family services.

Undergraduate student presenters were all interdisciplinary studies majors. They included:
Celina Amaya and Amy S. Sanchez, seniors from Kingsville, presented The Helping Tree;
Reyna L. Arriaga and Rosario Saenz, seniors from Kingsville, presented The Secret Agents: A Language Arts Activity; Armando S. Castellano, a senior from Concepcion, and Ninfa S. Dominguez, a senior from Mathis, presented Thanksgiving Addition with Pilgrims and Indians;
Samantha D. Dunaway, a senior from Kingsville, and Rachel O. Rising, a junior from Alice, presented Butterfly Symmetry: Exploring Symmetry through Arts; and Cindy M. Sanchez, a senior from Kingsville, and Breanne N. Seward, a junior from Corpus Christi, presented The Price in Words: Economics and Literacy.

Graduate student presenters included:
Lucy A. Carabajal, an alternative certification major from Kingsville, presented Eating Healthy: Nutrition in the Early Years; Ana C. Cardenas, a bilingual education major from Laredo, presented Celebrating El Día de los Muertos: Papel Picado; Sylvia G. Cuevas, a human sciences major from Alice, presented A Journey Abroad: Wants and Needs; Rebecca A. Fox, an early childhood major from Alice, presented Play-Doh Patterns Kindergarten; Rosario A. Garces, an early childhood major from Corpus Christi, presented Graph and Probabilities: A Learning Activity with Sweets;
Yovana D. Pena, an early childhood major from Ben Bolt, presented Problem Solving Under the Sea; and Daisy L. Vela-Garza, an alternative certification major from Falfurrias, presented Hands-on Activities for Learning About Fractions.

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