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Facun-Granadozo, Ruth; Olubowale, Olawale; Ejiogu, Chukwudebelu Franklin – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Africans are often misrepresented or under-represented in popular books and media. They are often presented as a single group of people; hence, other peoples' formed notion of Africans represents a single story (Adichie, 2009). This single story needs to change because it does not represent many Africans' lived experiences. The antidote to…
Descriptors: African Culture, Early Childhood Teachers, Books, Childrens Literature
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Gonulates, Funda; Gilbert, Jaesook – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
Mathematics is abstract for young children. One way to help children develop better understanding of core early mathematical concepts is by providing concrete learning experiences, thereby making mathematics more accessible to them. Additionally, children will choose to spend more time on subjects or activities they enjoy, which in turn leads to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Mathematics Activities
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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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van der Wilt, Femke; Hofma, Rianne; Koster, Monica; van der Veen, Chiel – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
Research has indicated that shared book reading that is characterized by interactive classroom discussion elicits relatively complex vocabulary and, consequently, contributes to children's vocabulary acquisition (Gonzalez et al. 2014). In addition, this type of book reading has also been found to be related to building listening, comprehension,…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Language Acquisition, Early Childhood Education, Reading Strategies
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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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Soundy, Cathleen S. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Picture books constitute the first format through which most children experience literature. Young readers respond positively to the visual images and written language of picture books that tell a story. While offered primarily for the pleasure of an implied child viewer, "reading picture books aloud can be an important contribution to…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Semiotics, Visual Literacy, Picture Books
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Bauml, Michelle; Mongan, Katherine – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Early childhood educators have a responsibility to foster healthy relationships as well as appreciation and acceptance for diversity through culturally relevant teaching in their classrooms. Culturally relevant teaching, a term that has been written about extensively (e.g., Gay, 2010; Ladson-Billings, 2009; Nieto, 2010) involves intentionally…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education
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Lynch, Sharon A.; Simpson, Cynthia G. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Well-informed teachers of young children recognize the importance of children's social development. The development of social skills lays a critical foundation for later academic achievement as well as work-related skills. Social development is such a key issue with young children that a number of methods to address social skills have been…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Socialization, Academic Achievement, Young Children
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Davidson, Stephanie R.; Boals-Gilbert, Beverly – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Few people are willing to admit that senior adults and young children share many common characteristics, including: (1) changes in development; (2) need for companionship; and (3) the desire to be understood. These two groups are connected mostly through direct interaction with middle-aged adults. One very practical way to build a greater sense of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Age Differences, Child Development, Child Care Centers
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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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Kemple, Kristen M.; Lopez, Maria – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Children notice physical characteristics of others and develop attitudes toward human diversity at a very young age. High-quality children's literature is a helpful springboard to encourage their awareness of differences and to develop their appreciation of uniqueness. Children's books can be an important avenue for shaping how children perceive…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Physical Characteristics, Preschool Children, Student Diversity
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Mercurio, Mia Lynn; McNamee, Abigail – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
What should families and teachers look for when they choose picture books to help young children overcome their fears of imaginary monsters, dark places, thunderstorms, and dogs? This article provides criteria for assessing picture books and suggests ways to read them in ways that support children's development. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Fear, Reading Material Selection
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Perkins, Kaarin D.; Mackey, Bonnie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Approximately 2 million people die each year in the United States. If each individual death affects only five other people, there are close to 10 million people grieving a new death each year in this country. Children who have lost a loved one through death can be in very difficult situations. While they are attempting to cope with the shock and…
Descriptors: Grief, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Teaching Methods
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Hall, Katrina Willard – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Teachers know the value of reading aloud to support children's learning and to foster a love of books (Glazer & Giorgis, 2005). In fact, many teachers have dozens, if not hundreds, of books on a vast number of topics. However, for reasons that range from lack of time to curriculum constraints, teachers may not always carefully examine what they…
Descriptors: Reading Material Selection, Reading Aloud to Others, Childrens Literature, Young Children
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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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