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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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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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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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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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McKenzie, Ellen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Kindergarten teachers use a variety of strategies that focus on vocabulary development. A common and effective practice to introduce new vocabulary to kindergarteners is reading storybooks to children, what is commonly known as "read-alouds" (Bus, van Ijzendoorn, & Pelligrini, 1995; Christ & Wang, 2010; Newton, Padak &…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Kindergarten, Young Children, Preschool Teachers
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Bowden, Shelly Hudson – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
In this article, Shelly Hudson Bowden, a kindergarten teacher for 14 years, offers her observations of peer-to-peer mentoring relationships among her kindergarten students that they formed and maintained. These mentoring relationships supported students' learning as they mentored one another in both "social" and "academic"…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Peer Counseling, Peer Groups, Mentors