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Blasi, MaryJane – Childhood Education, 2003
Discusses reasons childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions and the numerous health problems that can result. Suggests parents incorporate physical activity into their family's lifestyle; advocate for daily outdoor recess at school; provide healthful meals; respect their child's appetite; not use food for comfort or as reward; and limit…
Descriptors: Athletics, Child Health, Children, Computer Use
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Byrnes, Deborah A. – Childhood Education, 2001
Provides information for teachers to help parents create rewarding and educational travel experiences for children. Examines the benefits of travel schooling, fundamental elements of a meaningful travel schooling experience, fostering cross cultural sensitivity through travel, and returning to the traditional classroom. (SD)
Descriptors: Children, Cultural Activities, Cultural Education, Cultural Opportunities
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Henniger, Michael L. – Childhood Education, 1994
Discusses how outdoor play can be as effective as indoor play in facilitating young children's development. Offers advice on selection of toys and materials; organization of play spaces; addition of movable toys and equipment; ways to stimulate imaginative outdoor play; and playground safety. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Child Development, Dramatic Play, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Activities
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Winter, Susan M.; And Others – Childhood Education, 1994
Examines the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the role of developmentally appropriate practice when insuring the safe inclusion of children with disabilities in play environments. Discusses four principles that should guide the creation of safe, inclusive play environments: safety; developmentally appropriate practice;…
Descriptors: Child Safety, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education
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Muri, Simone Alter – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Suggests that children involved in the process of creating games from other cultures gain an increased interest in learning about other cultures and increased cognitive, social, and interpersonal skills. Notes that stressing commonalities by making games rather than focusing on differences fosters sensitivity and a greater understanding of others.…
Descriptors: Childrens Games, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness
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Fjortoft, Ingunn – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2001
Investigated how play in the natural environment of three Norwegian kindergartens might stimulate 5- to 7-year-olds' motor fitness, focusing on the affordances of the landscape for versatile play. Found that children using the forest as a playscape performed better in motor skills than children on a traditional playground. Play activities related…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Motor Development
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Taylor, Satomi Izumi; Morris, Vivian Gunn – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Notes that with safe and developmentally appropriate equipment, outdoor play can be a significant part of high-quality early child care. Highlights 10 suggestions for safe outdoor play. Knowledgeable teachers and appropriate child-caregiver ratio are needed for safe play. (JW)
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Child Safety, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment
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Rivkin, Mary – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Examines the importance of the natural environment in Dewey's educational philosophy and the role outdoor play and activity have in children's education today. Cites reasons for the lack of a safe outdoor environment and offers suggestions for making improvements: schoolground improvement organizations, greenways movement, careful land…
Descriptors: Child Safety, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Environmental Education
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Shim, Sook-Young; Herwig, Joan E.; Shelley, Mack – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2001
Examined 2- to 5-year-olds' play with peers in their child care classroom and on the playground. Found that children were more likely to engage in interactive dramatic play outdoors than indoors. Outdoors, older children were more likely to interact with peers than were younger children. Outdoors offered older children functional and dramatic play…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Classrooms, Comparative Analysis, Context Effect
Fleer, Marilyn, Ed. – Journal for Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 1997
This volume consists of selected refereed papers from the fourth annual conference on Australian Research in Early Childhood Education. The papers represent a cross-section of research interests in the field of early childhood education, care, and development. Differing methodologies are also featured in this issue. The papers are: (1)…
Descriptors: Administrators, Art Activities, Child Caregivers, Child Development
Davies, Margaret – Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 1997
Research has shown that teacher involvement can stimulate and enrich children's play, with positive developmental consequences. This study examined teachers' thinking and practices in relation to the role of the teacher in children's outdoor play. Data were collected from eight preschools through teacher interviews and observations of children's…
Descriptors: Child Development, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Activities, Play