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Mize, Jacquelyn; Abell, Ellen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Summarizes current theories about children's peer relationships and suggests practices recommended by teachers for parents concerned about their children's social development. Asserts that not having friends can be frustrating and painful for young children. Explores parental influences and gives steps parents can take to enhance children's social…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Friendship, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship
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Williamson, Peter A. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Illustrates the use of thematic fantasy play, or play that involves the enactment of stories from literature, in a kindergarten classroom. Maintains that thematic fantasy play facilitates children's development of social competence and story comprehension. (BB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Interpersonal Competence, Kindergarten Children, Listening Comprehension
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McClellan, Diane; Katz, Lilian G. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Maintains that, because social development begins in the early years, it is appropriate for early childhood programs to include periodic formal and informal assessments of children's progress in the acquisition of social competence. A checklist of social attributes for teachers to use in examining children is provided. (BB)
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Interpersonal Competence, Measurement Techniques