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ERIC Number: EJ899458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Cardboard Boxes: Learning Concepts Galore!
Warner, Laverne; Wilmoth, Linda
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v35 n1 p11-16 Win 2007
Mrs. Keenan, a preschool teacher, observed her 3-year-old granddaughter Riley pull, tug, and stack piles of holiday boxes on the floor. She remembered that her child care director had suggested using boxes as a curriculum theme, but she hadn't given much thought about the idea until now. She said to herself, "I wonder if my children would be as interested in boxes as Riley is. We could explore boxes as a theme for my class when we're back in school." How do teachers identify a compelling curriculum theme and then build on what children already know about it? This article shares the story of Mrs. Keenan, who realized that empty boxes are an abundant, inexpensive, and rich source for hands-on learning with 3- and 4-year-olds. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A