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ERIC Number: EJ868176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Language and Social Development in a Multilingual Classroom: A Dinosaur Project Enriched with Block Play
Pate, Monique
Young Children, v64 n4 p12-19 Jul 2009
With the implementation of the natural approach, the dinosaur study and facilitated block play gave dual language learners many opportunities to acquire a new language, develop social skills, and improve communication abilities. Once teachers identified the barriers to children playing and talking together, they created a classroom environment that supported development of social, communication, and language skills. When teachers reflect on their ongoing practices and integrate theories that best support children's learning, they grow professionally. As their reflections lead to use of more effective teaching practices, children benefit too. The end result is an inspiring atmosphere in which the children communicate and socialize, showing respect, acceptance, collaboration, and pride in their play and work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A