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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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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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Cheyney-Collante, Kristi; Gonsalves, Vivian; Duggins, Shaunté; Bader, Julie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
Writing is an important part of learning across all content areas of school (Graham & Harris, 2011). Even very young children experience the symbols of written language all around them. Soon they begin to notice that written symbols stand for people, ideas, things, or events, and attempt their own marks (Aram & Levin, 2011). However,…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Handwriting, Writing Instruction, Preschool Education
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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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Ponciano, Leslie; Shabazian, Ani – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Early childhood educators work with children and families from a range of diverse backgrounds. As society becomes increasingly multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural, so too grows the need for educators' abilities to support children's development by instilling in them the tools they need to live together respectfully and stand up to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Multilingualism, Cultural Pluralism, Intercultural Programs
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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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Warash, Bobbie Gibson; Smith, Keri; Root, Amy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Young children's capabilities continue to be revealed through brain and other scientific research. These advances in knowledge have led to the implementation of more progressive learning experiences in preschool programs. More in-depth explorations accommodate young children's intellect and they help children develop life skills as competent…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Teaching Methods, Student Educational Objectives, Executive Function
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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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Test, Joan E.; Cunningham, Denise D.; Lee, Amanda C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
In general, talking with young children encourages development in many areas: (1) spoken language; (2) early literacy; (3) cognitive development; (4) social skills; and (5) emotional maturity. Speaking with children in increasingly complex and responsive ways does this even better. This article explores research findings about the effects of…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Speech, Learning Activities, Oral Language
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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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Greenwald, Carol; Hand, Jennifer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes a program for a project approach in inclusive classrooms which balances the needs of children with and without developmental delays and provides effective and efficient learning. Provides guidance in choosing the project topic, introducing ideas, implementing project activities, completing the project, and evaluating the experience. (SD)
Descriptors: Child Development, Class Activities, Developmental Delays, Developmental Disabilities
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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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Warner, Laverne; Adams, Polly – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests that when teachers study their children in systematic ways to enhance classroom management, they are participating in action research. Discusses how data for action research are collected, for example teacher diaries and student portfolios. Presents two examples of action research: one on block play and the other on curriculum…
Descriptors: Action Research, Class Activities, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques
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Leigh, Cindy; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Reviews three books of relevance to early childhood educators: (1) "Distinctions between Self-Esteem and Narcissism: Implications for Practice" (L. G. Katz); (2) "We All Belong: Multicultural Child Care That Works" (Australian Early Childhood Association); and (3) "Words Can Hurt You: Beginning a Program of Anti-Bias…
Descriptors: Bias, Book Reviews, Class Activities, Day Care
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Starnes, Lisa B.; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Discusses field trip preparation involving identifying places to visit, communicating with contacts at the sites, enlisting the help of parents, preparing parents, preparing students, and planning follow-up activities. (SW)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Enrichment Activities
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