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William Harper-Hooper IV; Amy J. Samuels; Gregory L. Samuels – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
This article presents a framework that considers how relationships, representation, and respect can be prioritized, presented, and nurtured in early learning environments to support and foster equity and inclusion. This simultaneously supports an enhanced sense of belonging and creates an environment where students feel valued and respected. As an…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Equal Education, Student Diversity, Interpersonal Relationship
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Thompson, Josh; Pearce, Nicole – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Early childhood is a time of great creativity. Building creativity into the learning environment should be natural, organic, as observant teachers follow the child. This article provide tools for building creativity through play across the creative arts including dramatic play, movement and dance, music, and visual arts. Additionally, play and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Creativity, Educational Environment
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Moore, Lin; Zweig, Elaine – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Children with special needs may have less access to play due to the nature of their developmental delay or disability or their lack of experience with typically developing peers. Many preschools and kindergartens have reduced play in their daily schedules and elementary schools have reduced or eliminated recess (Jarrett et al., 2015; Zigler &…
Descriptors: Play, Students with Disabilities, Student Needs, Teacher Role
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Schneider, Elke; Kulmhofer-Bommer, Andrea – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
This article shares a selected number of research-evidenced and field-tested playful oral language learning activities (POLLAs) for early childhood educators to engage English learners (ELs) and their peers in focused oral language practices. These activities are easy to infuse in existing curricula.
Descriptors: Play, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Second Language Learning
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Becker, Patricia – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Problem solving is a critical component of academic and social emotional learning. It is a life-long skill. For young children, opportunities to make choices and problem solve lay the foundation for later development of self-determination (Palmer et al., 2012). However, young children may not have the experience or ability to resolve problems…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Dramatic Play, Young Children, Protocol Analysis
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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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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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Crow, René; Cooper, Mark; Dallas, Jamie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Teachers of students with chronic challenging behaviors need relief, and they need it quickly. While they may appreciate the sympathy of others, what they really need is some genuine help. Challenging children can make a teacher's day difficult. In this article, the authors share some strategies that can provide "emergency relief" to…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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DeMeulenaere, Michelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
In this article, Michelle DeMeulenaere discusses social/emotional learning (SEL), with a focus on helping preschool children gain knowledge about feelings and getting along with others. SEL is the process in which children are able to acknowledge and recognize the emotions of others, develop empathy, make good decisions, establish friendships, and…
Descriptors: Socialization, Emotional Development, Social Development, Preschool Children
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Andrews, Nicole – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Blocks are not just for play! In this article, Nicole Andrews describes observing the interactions of three young boys enthusiastically engaged in the kindergarten block center of their classroom, using blocks in a building project that displayed their ability to use critical thinking skills, physics exploration, and the development of language…
Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Play, Interaction, Kindergarten
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Salinas-Gonzalez, Irasema; Arreguin-Anderson, Maria G.; Alanís, Iliana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
This article focuses on biliteracy development of English and Spanish through the practical strategy of systematically labeling the classroom within the context of daily classroom activities and providing children with various opportunities to use the words throughout the day. Using the foundational work related to classroom labels from Pinnell…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Spanish Speaking, English Language Learners, Language Usage
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Henderson, C. Miki; Lasley, Elizabeth – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Art, drama, music, dance and literature activities are part of the basic components of an early childhood curriculum. They do not rely heavily on oral language or English proficiency, and this makes them accessible to all children regardless of language differences or language abilities. Teachers can use creative expression and art to practice…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Classroom Environment, Play, Art Activities
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Izumi-Taylor, Satomi; Morris, Vivian Gunn; Meredith, Cathy D.; Hicks, Claire – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Young children enjoy moving around when they hear music. Children take pleasure in physical activities that contribute to their healthy development. Physical activities are vital to retain healthy bodies, and inactivity is one cause of obesity in young children (Dow, 2010; Izumi-Taylor & Morris, 2007). This article describes how teachers and…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Music, Curriculum, Young Children
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Olsen, Heather; Thompson, Donna; Hudson, Susan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood programs strive to provide good-quality care and education as young children develop their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual skills. In order to provide children with positive, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, educators ensure the safety and security of children, indoors and outdoors. The outdoor…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Supervision, Young Children
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