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Sciaraffa, Mary; Randolph, Theresa – Young Children, 2011
Many people think it is taboo to talk about sex with children. Adults reinforce this belief when, for example, they use substitute words rather than "vagina" or "penis". They may be embarrassed to learn about children's sexual development or ask others for assistance. Although most people in US society are open about sexuality now, the topic of…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Intimacy, Young Children, Sexuality
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Eliassen, Erin K. – Young Children, 2011
Young children depend on their families and teachers to support their well-being and promote positive development, including eating behaviors. Children's food preferences and willingness to try new foods are influenced by the people around them. The eating behaviors children practice early in life affect their health and nutrition--significant…
Descriptors: Obesity, Child Caregivers, Young Children, Child Care
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Birckmayer, Jennifer; Kennedy, Anne; Stonehouse, Anne – Young Children, 2010
Infants and toddlers encounter numerous spoken story experiences early in their lives: conversations, oral stories, and language games such as songs and rhymes. Many adults are even surprised to learn that children this young need these kinds of natural language experiences at all. Adults help very young children take a step along the path toward…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Speech, Oral Language, Childhood Interests
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Hansen, Laurie – Young Children, 2008
The author describes a parent art program, how it works, and ways to implement it. She emphasizes the strengths of parent programs as a way to support and enrich existing arts education, not as a replacement. Hansen describes the art kit--the adult's teaching resource--and the basic four-part process: presentation, demonstration, an art activity,…
Descriptors: Art Education, Parent Participation, Enrichment Activities, Visual Arts
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McVicker, Claudia J. – Young Children, 2007
"Emergent literacy" means that a young child's communication skills are in the emerging state. Clearly, the child's environment is supremely important in nurturing this emerging literacy (Morrow 1995). Children cannot become literate alone. They need the help of others to claim their own unique literacy. Although most parents recognize that they…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Young Children, Communication Skills, Environmental Influences
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Gonzalez-Mena, Janet – Young Children, 2007
Hungarian pediatrician Emmi Pikler theorized that freedom of movement facilitates infants' development and learning. The self-education promoted by freedom to move gives an infant a lasting view of herself as a competent learner. Pikler's approach also emphasizes the importance of helping each child feel respected and secure. The author examines…
Descriptors: Caregivers, Problem Solving, Hunger, Infants
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Bellows, Laura; Anderson, Jennifer – Young Children, 2006
In response to concerns about children's eating behaviors, the Colorado Nutrition Network developed and tested Food Friends--Making New Foods Fun for Kids. The program was designed as a 12-week social marketing campaign aimed at encouraging preschool-age children to try new foods, such as Ugli Fruit, couscous, and daikon radish. Tasting novel…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Food, Nutrition
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Lopez, Eric J.; Flores, Jeff P. – Young Children, 2005
The reactions of many parents to being told that their child might have a developmental delay that needs to be addressed through special education range from shock or disbelief to confusion. This is also the case for Hispanic parents, who often to not understand what is happening or may be unfamiliar with the language in which the information is…
Descriptors: Special Education, Preschool Children, Developmental Delays, Intervention
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Ulmen, Marie Christine – Young Children, 2005
If a child does not learn to read in the early grades, there are few opportunities for them to catch up. Therefore, the extent of a child's exposure to reading before the early school years is not only important, but critical. In this column, the author suggests ten easy ways to make reading a part of every young child's day: (1) Read and reread…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Childrens Literature, Family Involvement, Reading Habits
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Marshall, Hermine H. – Young Children, 2003
Parents struggle with kindergarten readiness, seeking advice from early childhood educators. The author offers suggestions for helping with this decision, along with definitions of readiness, accountability pressures, and "redshirting." The article compares maturationist assumptions with current research, concluding that delaying kindergarten…
Descriptors: Eligibility, Kindergarten, School Readiness, Beliefs
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Liebman, Toni H. – Young Children, 1984
Describes an exchange program between a cooperative nursery school and a nursing home in which children were paired with nursing home residents. Discusses selecting and preparing child and adult participants, planning and supervising group and class activities, and teaching children about death and illness. (CB)
Descriptors: Death, Diseases, Exchange Programs, Nursing Homes
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Young Children, 1986
Presents an annotated bibliography which is especially valuable for parents, teachers, and others who want to learn more about how young children grow and learn. This sampling of recent and classic books, brochures, and periodicals represents the burgeoning knowledge about early childhood education and child development. (Author/BB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Learning Processes, Resource Materials
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Dittmann, Laura L. – Young Children, 1986
Outlines the characteristics of a good caregiver and good surroundings for babies, examining the differences among different types of care, discussing costs, and suggesting ways to find an appropriate caregiving situation. (KS)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Costs, Day Care, Infants
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Honig, Alice Sterling – Young Children, 1986
Reviews research on the components and stages of stress in the lives of children, identifying three stages and six categories of stress factors: personal child variables, ecological stressors, socioeconomic status, catastrophes and terrors, family events, and spouse problems. (KS)
Descriptors: Coping, Death, Ecological Factors, Family Environment
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Honig, Alice S. – Young Children, 1985
Discusses research which shows the development of compliance in infants and young children. Describes the relationships between compliance and attachment to parents, childrearing style, timing and setting of control techniques, and development of self-control and problem-solving abilities. Discusses the importance of mother-child relationships for…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Child Rearing, Cooperation, Discipline
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