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Freeman, Nancy K. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues that children develop--at home, in school, and in the community--a repertoire of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that prepare them to become peaceful, cooperative, caring adults. Provides examples of instruction in caring through family life, household activities, classroom curriculum, the classroom environment, instructional techniques,…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Rearing, Classroom Environment
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Norton, Terry L.; Anfin, Carol S. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues involving young children in food preparation activities enhances traditional curriculum areas of language arts, math, science, and social skills. Encourages utilization of children's literature as sources replete with references to food and teaching ideas on food via literary tie-ins. Provides specific recipes which relate to Mother Goose…
Descriptors: Activity Units, Childrens Literature, Cooking Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Stringer-Seibold, Traci; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Describes a qualitative research study of children from divided families and analyzes findings in terms of family contexts, children's resiliency, and needs. Suggests strategies for professionals including recognition of developmental capacity within family circumstances, interactive systems, communication patterns and areas of stress. Includes…
Descriptors: Divorce, Early Childhood Education, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics
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Wardle, Francis – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Examines children's developmental needs with regard to outdoor play areas, the types of equipment needed to encourage all kinds of play, and the advantages and disadvantages of homemade and commercial playground equipment and various playground materials. Discusses the role of safety standards, outlines requirements of the Americans with…
Descriptors: Child Safety, Childhood Needs, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education
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Barclay, Kathy; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Discusses how daily routines in early childhood and primary grade settings can assist young children's developing understanding of time. Notes adaptable activities, including tracking weather, keeping records, talking about activities, creating time lines, celebrating personal milestones, and recording events and changes. Lists ways to integrate…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation
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Wilt, Judith Vander – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes how educators and families can foster children's sense of responsibility. Activities noted include interactions that support responsibility, such as asking questions that enable children to see some responsible choices; strategies that encourage learning, such as offering challenging, engaging learning opportunities in an interactive…
Descriptors: Child Responsibility, Educational Strategies, Incentives, Parent Child Relationship
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Stanberry, Anne M.; Blackwell, Ann P. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Advocates public policy education in higher education and student involvement in state public policy. Discusses ways to incorporate public policy education in university courses in family and consumer sciences curricula at the introductory, advanced, and graduate levels, including writing briefing reports, participating in professional…
Descriptors: Advocacy, College Students, Curriculum Development, Focus Groups
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Kokoski, Teresa M.; Patton, Mary Martin – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes classroom-developed science and mathematics backpacks, self-contained educational packets developed around a theme or concept and designed to be completed at home. Presents generalized contents, a sample backpack on colors, and the backpack's advantages, including promotion of active learning, family involvement, curriculum integration,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Homework
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Saul, Karen E. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Presents activities to integrate money concepts, and in turn mathematical concepts, with other curriculum areas in the early childhood classroom. Offers suggestions in such areas as children's books on money concepts (a short list is provided), dramatic play, science explorations, creative art and language activities, food or cooking activities,…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Books, Childrens Literature, Dramatic Play
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Blake, Sally – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Asserts that cultural celebrations and their symbols are one way teachers can enhance children's appreciation of diversity and develop mathematics literacy. Presents ideas for integrating learning around the theme of the new year, offering activities for such cultures as China, Japan, Morocco, and Africa, as well as cultural mathematics activities…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Activities, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism
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Swick, Kevin J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Discusses how groups that include early childhood educators can create dynamic support services to combat homelessness. Covers causes of homelessness and the needs of homeless families and their young children, and presents several strategies to develop effective services for them. Emphasizes parental involvement, school and community…
Descriptors: Community Programs, Cooperative Programs, Family Needs, Family Programs
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Brett, Arlene – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues that computers and related technology can be an important asset in the classrooms of young children with disabilities. Suggests that this technology can promote mobility, communication, and learning; increase independence; augment abilities; compensate for learning challenges; overcome learned helplessness; and foster competence and…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Developmental Disabilities, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities
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Latimer, Deborah J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Discusses the benefits derived from an intergenerational program in a child-care or preschool setting. Describes the planning and implementation of such a program, designed to foster a positive emotional relationship between grandparents, or other older adults as surrogate grandparents, and preschool children. (BB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Day Care, Grandparents, Intergenerational Programs
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Jambor, Tom – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Discusses projects to establish school playgrounds that are planned, built, and used by individuals of different generations. Such projects involve set-up, which includes determining needs, selecting a site and project leader, designing the playground, and establishing committees; construction; and follow-up, which includes playground maintenance…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Early Childhood Education, Grandparents, Intergenerational Programs
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Dodd, Elizabeth L.; Brock, Dana R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Presents guidelines and ideas for school-home learning activities that can be used by teachers and administrators who work with at-risk children and their families to build partnerships between the home and school. Recommends that teachers and administrators listen to families, develop home-learning activities, share activities with families, and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family School Relationship, High Risk Students, Home Programs
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