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DeShelter, Lori; Slutsky, Ruslan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Due to an influx of new technology, children today have more options for how they engage in play through technology than ever before. Computers, tablets, hand held video games and parents' cell phones are among the numerous technologies that affect children's playtime. Traditional play and technology play are two ways that young children engage in…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Preschool Children, Information Technology, Play
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Sánchez, Claudia; Walsh, Bridget – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The field of early childhood education supports the notions that early childhood programs need the active support of families and that the school and the home are the most critical environments impacting children's development (Mart, Dusenbury, & Weissberg, 2011). The vast majority of state standards do not align with family involvement…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Guidelines
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McCrary, Donna; Brown, David L.; Dyer-Sennette, Jennifer; Morton, Tami – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The brief description of a real child presented in this article highlights some of the obstacles faced by many children in the United States today, particularly those who come from low-income homes. There is an increasingly large chasm between the number of children who are on target for success in school and those who need extra help to close…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Performance Based Assessment, Early Intervention, Socioeconomic Background
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Bell, Douglas D., Jr. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Observation is a useful tool, even in infant and toddler classrooms. Applied correctly, observation and assessment can help lay a foundation for a successful education throughout life. As appropriate practices are researched and policies change, teachers and caregivers of the youngest children (referred to as careteachers for this article) find…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Child Care, Observation
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Muro, Joel H.; Muro, Lilia Lamar; Rose, Katherine Kensinger; Webster, Lindsey; Allen, Cassie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The communication process between care providers and children can, at times, be complex. Young children typically lack the verbal language necessary for complex emotional expression. In this article, the authors contend that using some basic "child centered play therapy" (CCPT) techniques would be beneficial in enhancing communicative…
Descriptors: Play Therapy, Child Care, Caregiver Child Relationship, Emotional Development
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Krisell, Meredith; Counsell, Shelly – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The brain is a complex organ with an intellectual capacity that is unique to humans. For educators, it is wise to study the brain's many attributes and how it functions to help guide, inform, and improve teaching practice. Learners' brains are particularly sensitive to certain kinds of stimuli--that is social, physical, cognitive, and emotional…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Reading Processes, Cognitive Processes, Grammar
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Kim, Kyoung Jin; Wee, Su-Jeong; Gilbert, Beverly Boals – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Among various benefits of art for young children, this article highlights the emotional development aspect, specifically boosting self-confidence through art activities. The definition of self-confidence as having trust in one's self, clear knowledge of one's strengths and limitations, and assurance of one's ability to handle a variety of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Art Activities, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Jones, Julie P.; Tiller, Margaret – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Concrete, Representational, Abstract (CRA) instruction is a process for teaching and learning mathematical concepts. Starting with manipulation of concrete materials (counters, beans, Unifix cubes), the process moves students to the representational level (tallies, dots, stamps), and peaks at the abstract level, at which numbers and symbols are…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Manipulative Materials
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Izumi-Taylor, Satomi; Ito, Yoko – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
This article describes how American and Japanese kindergartners see play and what teachers can learn from them. The authors share their findings from analyzing photos and interviews from 44 American children in the southeastern United States and 55 Japanese children in the main island of Japan, all aged five to six years. In the study, children…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Play, Photography, Interviews
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Elsenman, Gordon; Harper, Rebecca – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
The focus and goal of classroom management should be first and foremost learning. When trying to prevent interruptions to learning, or dealing with interruptions to learning when they occur, teachers need to move beyond simply imposing a consequence and assuming students have learned from the interaction. Students need to be taught the skills and…
Descriptors: Bibliotherapy, Classroom Techniques, Childrens Literature, Group Instruction
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Kim, Soonhyang; Plotka, Raquel – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
Early childhood teachers play a key role in addressing the needs of young English Language Learners, and a vast body of research is dedicated to assessing best practices for teachers. However, less research addressing the role of policymakers, program directors and administrators is available. Although teachers can make a difference in the lives…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Misconceptions
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Prieto, Linda; Cervantes, Marco – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
The authors share how to develop active, stimulating learning environments with a focus on culturally relevant music for young Latin@ children. They provide a backdrop for this article by sharing the role of música (music) in their own lives as children, educators, and for one of them as an artist and the other as a parent of a now five-year-old.…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Culturally Relevant Education, Music Activities, Teaching Methods
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Vera, Debbie; Castilleja Trejo, Michelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
With the increased accountability of early childhood programs and the need to carefully document each assessment, teachers need to explore videotaping to enhance observational assessments. Observing children continues to be an effective method for understanding the uniqueness of each child's development. In this article, the authors present a case…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Observation, Student Evaluation, Early Childhood Education
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Griebling, Susan; Jacobs, Jennifer; Kochanowski, Leslie; Vaughn, Lisa M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
While conducting a needs assessment for a large Midwestern social service organization, the authors asked 252 preschool children from six Head Start programs what they like best about school. They wanted to reveal how children perceived their school and what they liked best about school--more specifically, what were their favorite areas and…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Early Intervention, Disadvantaged Youth, Student Attitudes
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Jiang, Hui S.; Jones, Sarah Y. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
Challenging behaviors can happen to children with a variety of abilities in all kinds of settings, and children's early experiences as members of classroom communities serve as the foundation on which lifelong patterns of social behaviors are constructed. Therefore, helping children with challenging behaviors become fully included is essential for…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Preschool Children, Classroom Techniques, Behavior Modification
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