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Lisa Colvin; Anna Fox; Melissa Roberts Becker; Erin M. Pearce; Lauren Reasor – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
A goal of university undergraduate early childhood teacher preparation programs is to create meaningful experiences that allow teacher candidates to learn theory and evidence-based best practices they will carry into their classrooms as professional educators. They should have direct interactions with young learners to apply coursework to the real…
Descriptors: Art Education, STEM Education, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Sturdivant, Toni Denese – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
There is a prevailing myth that young children do not notice race (Doucet & Adair, 2013; Hirschfeld, 2012). While, in fact, infants as early as three months old notice race (Bar-Haim et al., 2006; Kelly et al., 2005). If numerous early childhood educators find discussing race and ethnicity inappropriate for young children, children could be…
Descriptors: Child Development, Play, Toys, Racial Differences
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Bell, Douglas D., Jr. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Observation is a useful tool, even in infant and toddler classrooms. Applied correctly, observation and assessment can help lay a foundation for a successful education throughout life. As appropriate practices are researched and policies change, teachers and caregivers of the youngest children (referred to as careteachers for this article) find…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Child Care, Observation
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Kim, Kyoung Jin; Wee, Su-Jeong; Gilbert, Beverly Boals – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Among various benefits of art for young children, this article highlights the emotional development aspect, specifically boosting self-confidence through art activities. The definition of self-confidence as having trust in one's self, clear knowledge of one's strengths and limitations, and assurance of one's ability to handle a variety of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Art Activities, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Barbee, Ellie Ketchem; Correa, Vivian I.; Baughan, Cynthia C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
Early childhood professionals can provide services and effective support to assist military families with healthy coping and functioning before, during, and after deployment. The purpose of this article is to examine what is known about the effects of stressors associated with the military lifestyle and how they impact returning military members,…
Descriptors: Military Service, Military Personnel, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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White, Kelley Mayer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
For a majority of teachers, traditional professional development workshops lack relevancy and leave teachers on their own to implement what was learned. Workshops are frequently structured in ways in which teachers are seen simply as recipients of information handed down by trainers (a more passive role) versus those who reflect on and construct…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Books, Clubs, Teacher Student Relationship
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Cellitti, Anarella; Hastings, Rascheel – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Many new teachers are concerned with how to respond appropriately when preschoolers make statements that can be considered rude, hurtful, or socially inappropriate. This is particularly true for comments related to children with disabilities. New teachers are often afraid that negative and unkind comments will be made by young children in their…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Disabilities, Preschool Children, Inclusion
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Crow, René; Cooper, Mark; Dallas, Jamie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Teachers of students with chronic challenging behaviors need relief, and they need it quickly. While they may appreciate the sympathy of others, what they really need is some genuine help. Challenging children can make a teacher's day difficult. In this article, the authors share some strategies that can provide "emergency relief" to…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Csaszar, Imre Emeric; Buchanan, Teresa – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Early childhood teachers can be relaxed and peaceful as they create playful and harmonious classrooms, even if they work in stressful contexts. However, the stressors faced by teachers may lead to negative consequences that can undermine their ability to sustain personal health and positive interactions. In the absence of positive coping…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Stress Management, Relaxation Training
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McKenzie, Ellen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Kindergarten teachers use a variety of strategies that focus on vocabulary development. A common and effective practice to introduce new vocabulary to kindergarteners is reading storybooks to children, what is commonly known as "read-alouds" (Bus, van Ijzendoorn, & Pelligrini, 1995; Christ & Wang, 2010; Newton, Padak &…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Kindergarten, Young Children, Preschool Teachers
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Bauml, Michelle; Mongan, Katherine – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Early childhood educators have a responsibility to foster healthy relationships as well as appreciation and acceptance for diversity through culturally relevant teaching in their classrooms. Culturally relevant teaching, a term that has been written about extensively (e.g., Gay, 2010; Ladson-Billings, 2009; Nieto, 2010) involves intentionally…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education
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Brawley, Larra; Henk, Jennifer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Young children's eating behaviors have a direct link to their future health and attitudes regarding food. Similarly, positive nutrition during the toddler years leads to increased brain development and thus children are generally healthier (Weaver, More, & Harris, 2008). This makes eating behaviors extremely important. During the toddler years…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Eating Habits, Child Health, Childhood Attitudes
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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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Jacobi-Vessels, Jill L. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2013
Nature play can be an effective teaching strategy across the curriculum and may provide children and teachers with lasting memories. Research shows that experiences in natural settings provide multiple benefits to young children, including increased physical activity, reduced obesity, improved concentration, and enhanced social skills. Early…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Outdoor Education, Physical Activities
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Olsen, Heather – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2013
Can teachers of young children create stimulating and enriching outdoor environments that are also safe? This article highlights early childhood outdoor safety standards and presents a framework for creating quality and SAFE™ outdoor environments in early childhood programs that support children's interest and best practice. The outdoor…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Outdoor Education
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