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Kinard, Tim; Gainer, Jesse – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
What is realia and theory-building? Tim Kinard and Jesse Gainer explain that when students explore using "realia," they are not just being exposed to abstract concepts or text on a page, they are using "real-life" objects to build understandings of the natural world while they builds vocabulary about it. Handling and discussing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English (Second Language), Preschool Children, Hands on Science
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Ward, Robin – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Despite convincing research and strong public support, education budget cuts have forced schools and districts to limit or even eliminate arts instruction. Author Robin Ward argues that educators need to address the critical need to preserve and, in those cases, re-integrate the arts back into the school curriculum--mostly because the arts are…
Descriptors: Number Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Artists, Art Products
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Cellitti, Anarella – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Examines how young children's everyday group experiences contain important opportunities for adults to model and teach skills and understandings that can lead to a more peaceful world. Presents specific ideas for creating a peaceful atmosphere in the classroom and embedding peace concepts into the early-childhood curriculum, including the use of a…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Conflict Resolution, Learning Centers (Classroom), Peace
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Firlik, Russell J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Discusses four similarities between early childhood education systems in Oxfordshire, England and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Similarities between the two school systems include an integrated curriculum; (mixed) age grouping and school organization; the teacher's role; and the pedagogical underpinnings. (BB)
Descriptors: British Infant Schools, Classroom Environment, Comparative Education, Early Childhood Education
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Jurek, Dianne; MacDonald, Sharon – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Discusses the many uses of rebuses in the preschool environment. Describes how the use of rebuses streamlines routine activities and enables many different activities to be offered without chaos in a busy environment. Teacher-planned activities become child directed, the children get reading and writing practice, and independence and appropriate…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Learning Activities