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Kreider, Carri S. – Childhood Education, 2018
Literacy is the foundation of education, and so modern education devotes significant school time to promoting and developing literacy. Yet we also need to ensure that young bodies and minds are ready to absorb their literacy lessons. Integrating physical exercise with reading activities in unique ways can be a great benefit to young learners.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Aloud to Others, Literacy, Elementary School Teachers
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Polat, Özgül; Yavuz, Ezgi Aksin – Childhood Education, 2016
Early childhood experiences have a great effect on the course of a child's life. Preschool education can offer benefits for children, particularly those who do not have advantages at home, including benefits related to academic skills, social-emotional development, and communication. Thus, preschool experiences are a potential key to improving…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, School Readiness
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Childhood Education, 2014
Teachers in today's classrooms struggle every day to design instructional interventions that would build students' reading skills and strategies in order to ensure their comprehension of complex texts. Text complexity can be determined in both qualitative and quantitative ways. In this article, the authors describe various innovative…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Instructional Design, Instructional Innovation, Difficulty Level
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Tadesse, Selamawit; Washington, Patsy – Childhood Education, 2013
Research indicates that there are positive effects when young children read and explore books for pleasure, as such activities help build the skills and knowledge that are critical to schooling. Reading for pleasure is facilitated when children have access to books in their own homes. There are great variations in children's book ownership…
Descriptors: Young Children, Books, Story Reading, Reading Aloud to Others
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Conyers, Jeff – Childhood Education, 2012
Books in the home provide a pivotal connection point for caregivers and children for developing important social and emotional skills, as well the most critical life skills that children will acquire--literacy and a love of learning. However, access to books in many communities is limited and many households have no books at all. But what if…
Descriptors: Library Services, Caregivers, Family Life, Books
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Strasser, Janis; Seplocha, Holly – Childhood Education, 2007
This article discusses the importance of using picture books to support young children's literacy. A picture book is different from a children's book, because it contains illustrations. In a picture book, both the picture and text are equally important. The text and illustrations of high-quality picture books weave rich stories that can excite and…
Descriptors: Literacy, Young Children, Reading Skills, Expressive Language
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Batel, Virginia B. – Childhood Education, 2005
A small, but perhaps not so unusual, miracle is happening in one of the poorest elementary schools in Charleston County, South Carolina. Two kindergarten teachers at Mary Ford Elementary School, with the help of the school's art teacher and a kindergarten specialist, have effectively combined a focus on art with daily read-alouds and the use of…
Descriptors: Fine Arts, Preservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education, Integrated Curriculum
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Kirk, Elizabeth W.; Clark, Patricia – Childhood Education, 2005
Names hold great meaning for children and are, for many, the first word they learn to recognize by sight. Children have a great interest in learning to write their names as well as the names of their family and friends. Adults working with young children can take advantage of this interest to introduce a variety of early literacy concepts. Using…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Word Recognition, Beginning Reading, Associative Learning
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Gerard, Maureen – Childhood Education, 2004
No Child Left Behind, Reading First, Early Reading First, Good Start, Grow Smart ... the current whirlwind of education initiatives in the United States commits millions of dollars of federal money to "scientifically based" reading and early literacy development. In 2003, President Bush directed Head Start programs across the country to…
Descriptors: Young Children, Reading Skills, Phonics, Beginning Reading
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Gordinier, Cynthia L.; Foster, Karen – Childhood Education, 2004
The Reading First Initiative supports the importance of classroom teachers' use of diagnostic tests that are "scientifically based." This article focuses on the new assessment known as DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. DIBELS is composed of the following subtests: phonological awareness (recognizing initial…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Federal Legislation, Phonology, Reading Rate
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Johnson, Richard T. – Childhood Education, 1990
Reviews the literature on the effectiveness of computer-controlled videodisc and videobased technology in the presentation of story information. An adult mediator can enhance young children's understanding of a story. (BB)
Descriptors: Adults, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Literature Reviews
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Harms, Jeanne McLain; Lettow, Lucille J. – Childhood Education, 1998
Examines the interplay of text, illustrations, and book design elements, using examples from children's books. Discusses the impact of book design on young readers' responses, and presents ideas for acquainting children with specific book design elements. Suggests that class activities in book design can improve children's visual and verbal…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Design, Design Preferences
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Meador, Karen – Childhood Education, 1996
Discusses the importance of using developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood classrooms, especially in teaching gifted students. Describes characteristics of young gifted children, emphasizing their advanced abilities in specific domains. Concludes that educators need to understand each child as a unique individual and should strive…
Descriptors: Child Development, Creativity, Curriculum Design, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Walley, Carl – Childhood Education, 1995
Reviews two reports by National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): (1) Listening to Children Read Aloud: Data from NAEP's Integrated Reading Performance Record (IRPR) at Grade 4 (oral reading and factors associated with reading fluency); and (2) Windows into the Classroom: NAEP's 1992 Writing Portfolio Study (types of writing and quality…
Descriptors: Literacy, Oral Reading, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills
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Lacina, Jan Guidry; Watson, Patricia – Childhood Education, 2002
Highlights ways parents can support the development of writing at home through engaging activities. Offers suggestions including: (1) writing as an extension of imagination; (2) pictures and words; (3) expanding drawing; (4) entering the social world; and (5) everyday activities as sources of ideas. Asserts that forming a literacy club will help…
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Writing, Literacy Education, Parent Influence
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