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Williams, Leslie R. – Childhood Education, 1989
Maintains that full-day kindergarten programs can derive at least part of their curriculum from the diverse gifts of social and cultural knowledge that children bring to the classroom. Includes a description of a kindergarten class that explored the topic of grandparents. (BB)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Grandparents, Kindergarten
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Freeman, Evelyn B.; Hatch, J. Amos – Childhood Education, 1989
Describes the assumptions and principles of emergent literacy and establishes the need to reconceptualize kindergarten practice in the area of literacy education. Conclusions drawn from a series of studies of current kindergarten practice in a large midwestern state are considered. (BB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Emergent Literacy
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Blasi, Mary Jane – Childhood Education, 1996
Believes that educators often indoctrinate children into being passive receivers of learning, and that a communication-based approach to learning, in which teachers model how to be active listeners and also generators of information, is needed. Based on work with kindergartners and second graders, provides examples of valuing children's talking…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Instruction, Kindergarten
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Honigman, Joann J.; Bhavnagri, Navaz Peshotan – Childhood Education, 1998
Examines the benefits of art education that go beyond art production to encompass an expansive view of art. Describes a kindergarten project called "Painting with Scissors" that implements this approach to art education. Through it, art became a way of knowing, understanding, and viewing the world; of constructing and expressing ideas;…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Values, Art Activities, Art Appreciation, Art Education
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Myers, Barbara Kimes; Myers, Michal Elaine – Childhood Education, 1999
Refers to the words "spirit" and "spirituality" not in terms of religion but as human qualities that allow children to transcend or move beyond that which they do not yet understand. Illustrates the encouragement of these qualities in a kindergarten program and the program's use of literature to help students grow spiritually.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Individual Development, Kindergarten
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Cress, Susan White – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Explores a method of developing kindergarten children's written stories through journal writing, specifically written interactions or dialogs between child and teacher in response to journal entries. Notes how journals and written conversation encourage process writing, helping children produce stories with a sense of meaning. Offers suggestions…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Dialog Journals, Journal Writing, Kindergarten
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Favazza, Paddy C. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Offers suggestions to kindergarten teachers for creating a more accepting environment in their classrooms for children with disabilities. Three key influences in attitude formation are discussed--indirect experiences, direct experiences, and the child's primary social group--and ideas for examining these influences and adapting them are suggested.…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Child Development, Classroom Environment
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Suggate, Jennifer; Aubrey, Carol; Pettitt, Deirdre – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 1997
Examined the change in number knowledge and number strategies from school entry to year end among kindergartners. Found a wide range of knowledge and a broad span of achievements at both times. Overall, many children displayed considerable numerical competence at school entry, most displayed marked improvement over the year, whereas a small…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Knowledge Level
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Wellhousen, Karyn – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1993
A study of kindergarten children used three language-eliciting situations to obtain stories. The stories were compared for fluency, vocabulary, descriptive nature, and story structure. Results indicated that stories elicited without the use of a prop were more fluent and reflected a more sophisticated story structure than those elicited by a…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Language Skills, Oral Language
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Brock, Dana R.; Green, Virginia P. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1992
Data compiled from kindergartners' writing samples, records of kindergartners' social interactions, and interviews of kindergartners indicated that teacher behavior, student interactions, classroom materials and environment, and student perspectives on journal writing influenced student choice of topics for journal writing. (ME)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Context Effect, Instructional Materials, Journal Writing
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Kajs, Lawrence T.; Alaniz, Ramon; Willman, Edward; Sifuentes, Elisa – Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 1998
Describes the experience of a bilingual kindergarten teacher who, in an effort to improve students' writing, used color-coded symbols familiar to students on specific key functions of the computer keyboard. Familiarity with the keyboard functions facilitated the children's understanding and consequent use of software, and allowed the children to…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Coding, Color, Computer Literacy
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Manning, Maryann; Kamii, Constance – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2000
Compared the longitudinal effects of phonics and whole-language instruction on kindergartners' reading and writing task performance over one year. Found that the whole-language group made more progress in reading and writing, and with more developmental coherence, than the phonics group. (JPB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Instructional Effectiveness, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children
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Sokal, Laura; Madak, Paul R. – Canadian Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 1999
Investigated effects of duration of early peer experience on 46 children's adjustment to kindergarten. Found that children with medium (4,025-5,815 hours) or high duration (6,704-10,953 hours) of early peer experience were significantly better adjusted than children with low duration (1-3,167 hours). Chronological age and gender did not effect…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Peer Relationship
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Melancon, Julie; Ziarko, Helene – Canadian Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 1999
Examined the evolution of metalinguistic skills (phonological and syntactical awareness) of 46 French-speaking children from kindergarten to the end of first grade and the relationship between those abilities and text comprehension. Found that metalinguistic skills progressed significantly, and syntactical awareness (word counting ability and…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Individual Development