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Mangin, Martha C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Considers the consequences of adult praise of children, focusing on when praise is dispensed, its indiscriminate use, children's dependence on others' judgment, use of praise to manipulate behavior, and its effect on motivation. Lists questions for evaluating the use of praise. (KB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Praise, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Sanders, Stephen W.; Youngue, Bill – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Discusses elements for a developmentally appropriate movement program for young children ages 3-5 years old. Emphasizes four major areas from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education guidelines: child development, teaching strategies, content, and assessment. Includes a vignette of an appropriate movement class for 4-year-olds.…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Evaluation Criteria, Movement Education
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Reynolds, Mary Ruth; Milner, Sharon – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Discusses the use of a video camera to record and extend young children's early literacy development through their dramatic play. Suggests that teachers and families can use the camera to capture child-constructed stories and then follow through with discussion; the video can also be used over time, like a portfolio, to evaluate children's…
Descriptors: Dramatic Play, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Emergent Literacy
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Fox, Jill Englebright; Diffily, Deborah – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2001
Explores the visual arts as a means to develop skills and abilities across the curriculum and nurture aesthetic development. Considers benefits of art for socioemotional, psychomotor, and cognitive development; integration of art into the curriculum; and the role of adults, children's books, and the classroom for encouraging art appreciation.…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Art Expression
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Riojas-Cortez, Mari – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2001
Describes a bilingual prekindergarten teacher's approach to oral language development with children who are Spanish-language dominant, considering the links between her approach and constructivist learning theory. Describes how children in the classroom interact socially with adults and peers to develop oral language skills. (JPB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
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Griffin, Sherri – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Discusses the integration of various learning activities in preschool children's study of trees. Activities include taking field trips to wooded areas, exploring the ways people use wood, studying one particular tree, and doing art projects. (BC)
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Learning Activities, Outdoor Activities, Preschool Children
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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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Warash, Bobbie Gibson; Saab, Joy Faini – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Describes a project designed to enhance the development of preschool children's aesthetic awareness. Explores how the project presented strategies and materials that can be readily incorporated into the curriculum for any group of young children. Strategies included focusing children's observations; making art happen; and expanding artistic…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art, Art Activities, Art Appreciation
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Warner, Laverne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Argues that worksheets are limited teaching tools because they do not address preschoolers' developmental needs such as hands-on play. Presents characteristics of early learning that can be facilitated by play, which fosters children's social and language development, physical skills, and creative and critical thinking. Suggests that learning can…
Descriptors: Child Development, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Developmental Tasks
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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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Gunnels, Jan Allison – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Provides an account of a kindergarten teacher's stumbling blocks in implementing an integrated thematic curriculum. Describes how the teacher met school system requirements and engaged children in an exciting and integrated learning experience by utilizing a mock campaign to elect a class pet while focusing on campaign and election processes.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elections
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Greenwald, Carol; Hand, Jennifer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes a program for a project approach in inclusive classrooms which balances the needs of children with and without developmental delays and provides effective and efficient learning. Provides guidance in choosing the project topic, introducing ideas, implementing project activities, completing the project, and evaluating the experience. (SD)
Descriptors: Child Development, Class Activities, Developmental Delays, Developmental Disabilities
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Gnatuk, Carole Ann; DeCosta, Sandra Bradford – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Describes insights and skills of a Head Start supervisor in rural Appalachia who mentors for a home-based family-education program. Discusses the three roles of mentor: administrator, teacher, and advocate. Suggests that mentors should provide an orientation to teaching and work to build relationships between family educators and families. (LBT)
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Home Visits, Mentors, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Alexander, Nancy P. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Describes the block play of two preschoolers as they recreate their visit to their state capital. Presents the teacher's observations of the skills displayed in their play and the letter to parents explaining what children learn from block play. (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Letters (Correspondence), Observation, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Fox, Jill Englebright – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
An 11-week kindergarten observation determined students' concerns about dismissal routines and devised alternatives. Children's concerns focused on the school bus, restroom, materials (homework and missing personal items), and saying good-bye. An alternative routine includes nurturing children's independence; refining the curriculum, adjusting…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Full Day Half Day Schedules, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children
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