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Murillo, Krysta – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted families worldwide. The long-term impacts of the pandemic's disruptions on childhood and child development may not be known for many years. Early educators can respond to challenges stemming from the disruption in the consistency of schooling and beneficial programming for early learners by generating…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Intervention, Young Children
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Nyabando, Tsitsi; Facun-Granadozo, Ruth; Carr, Stephanie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Engagement in play is vital for children to learn 21st-century skills, especially problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, focused attention, and collaboration (Hillman et al., 2014; Singer, 2015; Yogman et al., 2018). These require developing executive functioning skills crucial for school readiness and success. Play fosters brain…
Descriptors: Play, Games, Elementary School Students, Global Approach
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Swart, Katie; Houser, Katie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Academics is not the sole component of school readiness; rather, it is a compilation of children's physical, social--emotional, language, and cognitive development (National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC], 2009; National Education Goal Panels, 1997). The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Academic Achievement, Parent Attitudes
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Carmen Sherry Brown – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Young children learn best through hands-on, authentic experiences that motivates, stimulates and supports their growth in all areas of development. This includes the skills necessary to enhance their literacy and language acquisition, physical and cognitive development in addition to their social-emotional development and approaches to learning.…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Ellen McKenzie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Around the world, on every continent, and in every country, children play. Though culturally contextualized, play is a global common childhood experience. There are cultural variations in children's play activities, and though play looks and sounds different across the world, there are also commonalities. Though scholars find it difficult to…
Descriptors: Play, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Young Children
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Loughlin, Kristen; Bell, Michael J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
During a five-week research study, a kindergarten class of 14 five- and six-year-old children learned to sing and play soprano ukuleles. The study had a dual purpose: to teach the children foundational music skills, and to teach them to read lyrics at the emergent reader level. Csikszentmihalyi (2009) cites one of the pitfalls of traditional music…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Music Education, Music Activities
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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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Moore, Lin; Zweig, Elaine – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Children with special needs may have less access to play due to the nature of their developmental delay or disability or their lack of experience with typically developing peers. Many preschools and kindergartens have reduced play in their daily schedules and elementary schools have reduced or eliminated recess (Jarrett et al., 2015; Zigler &…
Descriptors: Play, Students with Disabilities, Student Needs, Teacher Role
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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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Lema, José; Summers, Stacie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
In today's fast paced early childhood classrooms, mathematics play activities in prekindergarten settings are not consistently supported. Administrators and educators have discussed with great intensity and passion about incorporating mathematics play in prekindergarten classrooms. Both groups discussed the benefits and reservations of…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Play
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Harte, Helene Arbouet; Gilbert, Jaesook L.; Griebling, Susan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Play allows children to experience joy in the moment of learning. Parrott and Cohen (2020) highlight the benefit of unstructured play to children's overall learning in their case study. Outdoor play typically has no restrictions or end goal in mind. The possibilities of outdoor learning experiences are endless for children as they experiment with…
Descriptors: Play, Outdoor Education, Preschool Education, Learner Engagement
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Zhang, Aidong – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Play-based classroom learning environments have an immediate and long-term impact on children's optimal growth and development. With the continuing efforts of state and federal government agencies to fund early childhood programs with the intention of assuring that all children enter school ready to learn, enrollment into these programs continues…
Descriptors: Play, Educational Environment, Teacher Role, Early Childhood Teachers
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Guirguis, Ruth V.; Longley, Jennifer M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
Vygotsky (1978) describes play as having three main components, one being the ability for a child to create an imaginary situation, the second taking on and acting out roles, and the third, following a set of rules that were determined by the roles children took on during play during social or group settings. Hence, supporting much needed social…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Play, Trauma
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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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Deaver, Alicia; Wright, Lindsay E.; Herrington, Brittany – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
Since social and emotional development in early childhood is so significant for success later in life and the foundation of the capacity for learning, it is essential for caregivers to build these capacities in young children through everyday moments (Russell, Lee, Spieker, & Oxford, 2016; Turculet & Tulbure, 2014). Caregivers who provide…
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Preschool Children, Child Development, Emotional Response
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