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Vidoni, Carla; Ignico, Arlene – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
The prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents from low-income families in the USA has become a significant concern over the last 20 years. One of the major contributors to this problem is the lack of physical activity. The purpose of this paper is to describe initiatives designed to: (1) engage young children in physical activity during…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level
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Fuchs, Melani Alexander – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2015
Montessori's first premise is that movement and cognition are closely entwined, and movement can enhance thinking and learning (Lillard, 2005). Children must move, and practice moving, to develop strength, balance, and the stability needed to fully participate in the rigors of daily life. It is imperative for young children's motor…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Movement Education, Psychomotor Skills, Physical Education
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Ampartzaki, Maria; Kalogiannakis, Michail – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
In an attempt to understand the natural world's phenomena, young children form their perceptions of different aspects of the macrocosm, which they contrast with new scientific concepts. This process calls for an early intervention that will provide the stimuli and the tools for the development of new concepts, ideas, and cognitive structures. The…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Early Childhood Education, Scientific Concepts, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Bruns, Deborah A.; Pierce, Corey D. – Young Exceptional Children, 2007
Early literacy development is the gateway to reading and future academic success. Learning about sound-letter correspondence and basic decoding strategies are but two fundamental skills that have been found to support this later success. In addition, an emphasis on environmental print (e.g., McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Shell) and functional print (e.g.,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills
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Wall, Sarah J.; Rudisill, Mary E. – Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 2004
Through experiences with toddlers at the ADC-Ridgecrest Physical Activity Program, the authors have found there are many ways to encourage and promote the "Active Start" guidelines through play. Their research and collaboration with early childhood specialists suggests that toddlers like to play and that it is particularly important in the overall…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Skill Development, Psychomotor Skills, Guidelines
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Stoll, Julia; Hamilton, Ashley; Oxley, Emilie; Eastman, Angela Mitroff; Brent, Rachael – Young Children, 2012
Physics is the study of forces and motion--the science of matter and energy and the interaction between the two. The big idea the children explore, as well as the question they ask as they engage in physical knowledge activities related to physics, is "How does it move?" Many teachers translate naturally as they come to know the children they…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Physics, Problem Solving, Motion