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Krisell, Meredith; Counsell, Shelly – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The brain is a complex organ with an intellectual capacity that is unique to humans. For educators, it is wise to study the brain's many attributes and how it functions to help guide, inform, and improve teaching practice. Learners' brains are particularly sensitive to certain kinds of stimuli--that is social, physical, cognitive, and emotional…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Reading Processes, Cognitive Processes, Grammar
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Salinas-Gonzalez, Irasema; Arreguin-Anderson, Maria G.; Alanís, Iliana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
This article focuses on biliteracy development of English and Spanish through the practical strategy of systematically labeling the classroom within the context of daily classroom activities and providing children with various opportunities to use the words throughout the day. Using the foundational work related to classroom labels from Pinnell…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Spanish Speaking, English Language Learners, Language Usage
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Lentz, C. Lorelle; Seo, Kay Kyeong-Ju; Gruner, Bridget – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
The conversation about young children and their use of technology has dramatically changed over the past ten years in the early childhood education community and in the general public. It appears the debate has moved forward from the question posed by Vail (2001) in her article titled, "How Young Is Too Young? When It Comes to Computer Use,…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy
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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
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Blank, Jolyn – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Early literacy instruction is receiving increasing emphasis. Many teachers of young children recognize that skills such as identifying and forming letters and practicing oral language skills are important (Helm & Katz, 2010). At the same time, teachers also report feeling pressure to focus on intensive drill and practice of isolated skills such as…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Language Acquisition, Emergent Literacy, Early Childhood Education
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Shin, Sarah J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Some teachers are justifiably concerned that primary-age students who continue to use their native language skills might hamper their acquisition of English literacy. After all, isn't time spent in writing in the first language time that could have been spent writing in English? Many other teachers agree conceptually with the notion that…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Second Language Learning, Language Skills, Immigrants
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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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Prior, Jennifer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
What is environmental print? It is symbols all around. Environmental print is on signs, billboards, packages, junk mail, and everywhere. Young children easily recognize environmental print in their surroundings. Their everyday experiences with print are an important classroom tool to help children connect what they already know about written…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Written Language, Young Children, Emergent Literacy
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Hughes, Eileen; Wineman, Kathi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Children's acquisition of early literacy skills continues to attract attention from researchers, educators, families, and policy makers. Literacy development starts early in life and is correlated with academic achievement. Early childhood educators can implement effective strategies to promote young children's literacy development. With changing…
Descriptors: Young Children, Preschool Teachers, Emergent Literacy, Reggio Emilia Approach
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Swanson, Mary; Da Ros-Voseles, Denise – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
The overarching goal to create life-long learners who are enthusiastic readers requires a two-pronged approach: (1) enhancing dispositions; and (2) simultaneously teaching reading skills. This approach is powerfully portrayed in the children's book, "Thank You, Mr. Falker" (Polacco, 1998). This article explores how teachers of young children can…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Reading, Young Children
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Barclay, Kathy; Benelli, Cecelia – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues that observations of how children construct literacy and their responses to print-filled environments will help child care providers and families be better prepared to support children's emergent literacy. Provides advice on literacy development, supporting emergent literacy, developing positive attitudes toward reading, and developing…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Emergent Literacy, Infants, Literacy Education
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Sexton, David; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Reviews "DEC Recommended Practices," a publication of the Division for Exceptional Children; "Empowering At-Risk Families during the Early Childhood Years" (Swick and Groves); "Developing Home-School Partnerships" (Swap); "Parent-Teacher Conferencing in Early Childhood Education" (Lawler); and the video…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Book Reviews, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy
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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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Osborne, Jacqueline A. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Discusses the early writing experiences of preschool children, focusing on the first words that children learn to write, such as their names. Uses writing samples from three- and four-year olds to illustrate the early literacy development of preschool children. (MDM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Childhood Attitudes, Emergent Literacy, Language Usage
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