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Shamsi, Mushira – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
In the heart of every early childhood professional lies the deep desire to reach, touch and inspire all children in the classroom so that they may bloom and grow to their maximum heights. Children who feel shy, perhaps because of the quiet cocoon they may live in, often get overlooked and may thus not reach the promise of their potential.…
Descriptors: Shyness, Student Needs, Student Characteristics, Student Adjustment
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Henderson, C. Miki; Lasley, Elizabeth – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Art, drama, music, dance and literature activities are part of the basic components of an early childhood curriculum. They do not rely heavily on oral language or English proficiency, and this makes them accessible to all children regardless of language differences or language abilities. Teachers can use creative expression and art to practice…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Classroom Environment, Play, Art 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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Tunks, Karyn Wellhousen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Learning materials and teaching methods used in early childhood classrooms have fluctuated greatly over the past century. However, one learning tool has stood the test of time: Wood building blocks, often called unit blocks, continue to be a source of pleasure and learning for young children at play. Wood blocks have the unique capacity to engage…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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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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Dresden, Janna; Shetterley, Karen R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
High-quality family child care and school-age programs have characteristics to promote positive relationships among families and children that enhance children's development and family functioning, much like the thriving neighborhoods of previous generations. These characteristics include choice and variety, environments emphasizing safety and…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, After School Programs, Child Safety, Classroom Environment
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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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Lewis, Eleanore Grater – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues importance of a flexible approach to educating physically and developmentally disabled children, one that allows children to learn and play with attention to age, stages, temperaments, personalities and individual needs. Notes that staff attitudes and willingness to adjust schedules, plans, room arrangement, curriculum, and expectations are…
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Environment, Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Programs
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Conroy, Maureen A.; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Discusses the importance of social skills in young children, and the need for "naturalistic" procedures rather than teacher direction to intervene in social development of children with disabilities. Presents strategies for supporting social behaviors in preschoolers that foster social skills development in areas including large- and…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities
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Vander Wilt, Judith – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests that classroom teachers need to reexamine the ease with which they use rewards to shape desirable behavior in children. Examines external and internal control, and problems posed by the use of rewards. Provides examples of how teachers can help develop intrinsic motivation in students without tangible rewards. (HTH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Early Childhood Education
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Wald, Penny; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Presents three keys for designing successful circle time: multisensory experiences, multilevel instruction, and multiple opportunities to learn. Includes related, responsive strategies to accommodate "hard-to-engage" children during large-group activities. (HTH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Educational Planning
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Demaree, Mary Ann – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Discusses development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children living in violent homes and communities. Discusses the role of teachers in creating classrooms that feel safe. Notes the importance of relearning safety to children who have PTSD. Describes strategies to create feeling of safety in the children. (BAC)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Safety, Childhood Attitudes, Classroom Environment
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Cryan, John R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Presents the 1985 resolution of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) for participation in the interdisciplinary effort to ban corporal punishment. Discusses distinctions between discipline and child abuse. Reports medical and psychological effects of physical punishment, and relationships between school corporal punishment…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Abuse, Child Advocacy, Classroom Environment
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Westburg, Laura – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Describes the use of electronic mail and coded messages by two five-year olds in an early childhood class, examining the effects of early literacy on social interaction. Suggests that teachers need to create a classroom culture that offers authentic, meaningful experiences for children and that reflect real-life uses of literacy. (MDM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Coding, Computer Uses in Education
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Martin, Kathleen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Suggests a way of teaching science to young children that is consistent with Piaget's interpretation of the child's spontaneous animism and that elicits a personal and in-depth response to knowledge. Describes construction and use of an environmental bubble to enhance children's interest in the night sky. (SW)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Child Development, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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