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Magruder, Elizabeth S.; Hayslip, Whitcomb W.; Espinosa, Linda M.; Matera, Carola – Young Children, 2013
While children in a classroom of 4-year-olds are actively engaged during center-based learning, a small group begins constructing a tower using blocks of all sizes. Jose, Cindy, and Thomas are all at different stages of language development. Jose is a dual language learner (DLL) in the early stages of English language acquisition; Cindy is a DLL…
Descriptors: Literacy, English (Second Language), Observation, Language Acquisition
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Meier, Daniel R. – Young Children, 2013
Writing and literacy development are crucial for the academic and social success of new language learners in the primary grades. Over the last 25 years, several terms have been used to describe the talents and needs of children learning new languages in early childhood settings. The term that the author prefers, and which he uses in this article,…
Descriptors: Literacy, Writing Skills, Written Language, Syntax
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Ghiso, Maria Paula – Young Children, 2013
The changing demographics of neighborhoods and schools require that all educators consider how to support children who are developing bilingualism and biliteracy. Research documents the importance of engaging young children in learning by drawing on community heritages and cultural and linguistic resources, and of connecting more effectively with…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Summer Programs, Bilingualism, Multilingualism
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Jones, Meredith K.; Shue, Pamela L. – Young Children, 2013
In a preschool class where the teachers speak only English and the majority of the children speak only Spanish, it is challenging to choose a topic that is interesting enough to engage all children in project work that supports language development. Luckily for the children, pizza is a delicious, familiar, and easily accessible topic to explore.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Speech Communication, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary
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Alanis, Iliana – Young Children, 2013
Children working alone is a common instructional strategy in some early childhood classrooms. According to foundational work by Johnson and Johnson (1986), however, cooperative teams employ higher levels of thought and retain information longer than children who work individually. Children engage in discussion, take responsibility for their…
Descriptors: Academic Education, Educational Strategies, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Charles A. – Young Children, 2013
People are not born with a conscience. Conscience does not appear because of "message" books with moral lessons or a grade school campaign for character or a high school course on ethics. Just as children are born to talk and walk, seeking positive social engagement is part of the fabric of humanity. Talking, walking, and caring, however, must…
Descriptors: Children, Caring, Altruism, Ethics
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Mankiw, Sue; Strasser, Janis – Young Children, 2013
The topics including bullying, family diversity, homelessness, disabilities, and incarceration are often referred to as "tender topics." They can be difficult for teachers to explain to or discuss with children. In their work with children, families, and teachers, the authors have seen that it is not necessarily the topic that makes conversations…
Descriptors: Children, Homeless People, Grade 1, Reading Aloud to Others
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Soderman, Anne K.; Clevenger, Kay G.; Kent, Ian Gregory – Young Children, 2013
Many U.S. classrooms today have at least some children with limited abilities to understand and express themselves in English. Two critical factors spell success or failure for teachers who have dual language learners (DLLs) in their classrooms: the teacher's understanding of and respect for the initial difficulties in learning a second language…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Phonology, Language Acquisition, Grade 1
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Nemeth, Karen N.; Simon, Fran S. – Young Children, 2013
Miss Jessie was hired because she was bilingual, but she was placed in a class where most of the children did not speak English or her home language of Spanish. The children spoke Arabic, Korean, or Polish most of the time. Where does she start? Early childhood educators across the United States are asking similar questions. Teachers often report…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, English (Second Language), Multilingualism, Early Childhood Education
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Izumi-Taylor, Satomi – Young Children, 2013
Akira, a 4-year-old boy, wanders into a classroom of 3-year-olds, observing the younger children. He goes over to Masaharu who is having a problem making a piece fit on a puzzle and offers him help. Masaharu succeeds and his mentor applauds his efforts. This interaction shows an older child supporting a younger child through scaffolding. Using…
Descriptors: Interaction, Preschool Children, Foreign Countries, Japanese
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McManis, Lilla Dale; Gunnewig, Susan B. – Young Children, 2012
As many educators and parents have observed, today's children are exposed to advanced technology at an early age, with tablets, e-readers, and smartphones being some prevalent choices. Experiences with technology can pave the way for unprecedented learning opportunities. However, without an education component, technology cannot reach its full…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Early Childhood Education, Educational Opportunities, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Linder, Sandra M. – Young Children, 2012
Teachers are using technological innovations--including interactive whiteboards--in pre-K-grade 3 classrooms across the country. An IWB is a wall-mounted, touch-sensitive flat screen. When connected to a computer (or another electronic device) and a projector, it displays enlarged instructional content (such as a math word problem, pictures or…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Mathematics Instruction, Young Children, Preschool Children
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Shifflet, Rena; Toledo, Cheri; Mattoon, Cassandra – Young Children, 2012
A year and a half ago, Rena, Cheri, and Cassandra were introduced to each other by a colleague because they shared an interest in exploring the impact newer technologies have on learning in early childhood classrooms. They meet regularly to share ideas and information on how to incorporate tablets using best practices. Cassandra's preschool…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Play
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Fantozzi, Victoria B. – Young Children, 2012
VoiceThread is a website that allows users to create multimedia slideshows, or "threads," and then open these threads to other users for commentary or collaboration. This article shares the experiences of one multiage (3- to 5-year-olds) preschool classroom's use of VoiceThread. The purpose of the article is to introduce early childhood educators…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Social Development, Young Children, Web Sites
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Greenberg, Jan – Young Children, 2012
Math is everywhere! Mathematics is "a way of describing the world--a way of thinking, knowing, and problem-solving" (Virginia's Early Childhood Development Alignment Project 2008, 83). Infants and toddlers are natural mathematicians. Even without adult support, infants and toddlers use math concepts to make sense of their world. An important role…
Descriptors: Infants, Parent Role, Toddlers, Mathematics Education
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