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Carmen Sherry Brown – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Young children learn best through hands-on, authentic experiences that motivates, stimulates and supports their growth in all areas of development. This includes the skills necessary to enhance their literacy and language acquisition, physical and cognitive development in addition to their social-emotional development and approaches to learning.…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Ellen McKenzie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Around the world, on every continent, and in every country, children play. Though culturally contextualized, play is a global common childhood experience. There are cultural variations in children's play activities, and though play looks and sounds different across the world, there are also commonalities. Though scholars find it difficult to…
Descriptors: Play, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Young Children
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Nyabando, Tsitsi; Facun-Granadozo, Ruth; Carr, Stephanie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Engagement in play is vital for children to learn 21st-century skills, especially problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, focused attention, and collaboration (Hillman et al., 2014; Singer, 2015; Yogman et al., 2018). These require developing executive functioning skills crucial for school readiness and success. Play fosters brain…
Descriptors: Play, Games, Elementary School Students, Global Approach
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Loughlin, Kristen; Bell, Michael J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
During a five-week research study, a kindergarten class of 14 five- and six-year-old children learned to sing and play soprano ukuleles. The study had a dual purpose: to teach the children foundational music skills, and to teach them to read lyrics at the emergent reader level. Csikszentmihalyi (2009) cites one of the pitfalls of traditional music…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Music Education, Music Activities
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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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Harper, Rebecca G. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
As a literacy educator, the author's interest in how students conceptualize writing is one that she devotes a significant amount of time and interest. Understanding how students make sense of reading and writing at an early age can assist educators in designing and implementing literacy engagements that are both high quality and effective. To…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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Parks, Melissa; Oslick, Mary Ellen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
Educators strive to support their students as they develop into well-rounded, productive members of society. The ability to act with respect and to work well with others may come somewhat naturally for some young children, while others may benefit from more direct exposure to character education programs. Using children's literature as a tool,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Values Education, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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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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Campbell, Ashley; Williams, Judy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
This article describes a semester-long project developed by the authors to create a positive connection between children and nature. The project integrated reading instruction with science activities to emphasize the natural world in the lives of children. This intervention involved the authors visiting an elementary classroom five times over the…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Reading Instruction, Science Activities, Intervention
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Hall, Anna H.; Axelrod, Ysaaca – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Although it is evident that advocacy for strong school and family relationships exists, many teachers and schools struggle to find ways to engage families in their classrooms. At the same time, research on families from diverse cultural and linguistic groups points to differences in perceptions of what it means to be involved, support children's…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Family School Relationship, Literacy Education, Writing Skills
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Mathews, Sarah E. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Just as humming a merry tune helped Snow White and her furry animal friends to quickly clean a filthy cottage in the movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (Disney & Cottrell, 1937), singing can be an effective way to help keep young children fully engaged during classroom transitions. The purposes of this article are to: (1) consider why…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Singing, Young Children, Class Activities
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Alanis, Iliana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early education programs in the United States are experiencing an increase in the number of English learners and, consequently, an increase in dual-language programs that best serve the needs of these children. Dual-language programs enable children to communicate orally and in written forms in both their native languages and in English. This…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Language Skills
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Giles, Rebecca McMahon; Tunks, Karyn Wellhousen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Early encounters with environmental print, words, and other graphic symbols found in children's surroundings are among their first concrete exposures to written language. These experiences: (1) provide an introduction to making meaning of abstract symbols; and (2) offer children their first opportunity to make sense of the world through print. As…
Descriptors: Written Language, Emergent Literacy, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Armstrong, Linda J.; Kinney, Katherine C.; Clayton, Lisa H. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Teacher leadership is quite simply what teachers do for the good of children inside and beyond their classrooms. It is critical today to successfully reform schools and the profession. Inside the classroom, teacher leaders advocate for best practices and model expert teaching. Teacher leaders contribute to their professional community to improve…
Descriptors: Young Children, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Teacher Leadership
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Melber, Leah M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
National standards spell out the importance of high-quality science experiences for all students, even the youngest learners. One of the most effective ways for young children to learn about science is through first-hand experiences with authentic objects and real specimens. While there are a number of hands-on elements that can be easily added to…
Descriptors: Young Children, Museums, Natural Sciences, Science Curriculum