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Seungyoun Lee – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
The capacity for growth and development is an integral part of being human. Infant social-emotional development is critically important to overall development and begins in the first months of life. These processes encompass how we relate to ourselves and others in our everyday lives (Malti & Cheah, 2021). Social-emotional development includes…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Infants, Child Caregivers
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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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Muro, Joel H.; Muro, Lilia Lamar; Rose, Katherine Kensinger; Webster, Lindsey; Allen, Cassie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The communication process between care providers and children can, at times, be complex. Young children typically lack the verbal language necessary for complex emotional expression. In this article, the authors contend that using some basic "child centered play therapy" (CCPT) techniques would be beneficial in enhancing communicative…
Descriptors: Play Therapy, Child Care, Caregiver Child Relationship, Emotional Development
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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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DeMeulenaere, Michelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
In this article, Michelle DeMeulenaere discusses social/emotional learning (SEL), with a focus on helping preschool children gain knowledge about feelings and getting along with others. SEL is the process in which children are able to acknowledge and recognize the emotions of others, develop empathy, make good decisions, establish friendships, and…
Descriptors: Socialization, Emotional Development, Social Development, Preschool Children
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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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Slutsky, Ruslan; Slutsky, Mindy; DeShelter, Lori M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Technology now plays a very large role in the way children of all ages play. Children want access to technology, so parents and teachers must determine the best ways to present it to them. Computers are a popular form of technology for children as young as age three. With that in mind, computer games should be problem-solving oriented and…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Young Children, Child Development, Cognitive Development
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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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Lynch, Sharon A.; Simpson, Cynthia G. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Well-informed teachers of young children recognize the importance of children's social development. The development of social skills lays a critical foundation for later academic achievement as well as work-related skills. Social development is such a key issue with young children that a number of methods to address social skills have been…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Socialization, Academic Achievement, Young Children
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Test, Joan E.; Cunningham, Denise D.; Lee, Amanda C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
In general, talking with young children encourages development in many areas: (1) spoken language; (2) early literacy; (3) cognitive development; (4) social skills; and (5) emotional maturity. Speaking with children in increasingly complex and responsive ways does this even better. This article explores research findings about the effects of…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Speech, Learning Activities, Oral Language
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Cukierkorn, Jesse R.; Karnes, Frances A.; Manning, Sandra J.; Houston, Heather; Besnoy, Kevin – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
The word "gifted," when used to describe children's intellectual abilities, evokes varied opinions in teachers, caregivers, and families of young children. Some attitudes are positive, others negative, while still others are built upon misconceptions about individuals who are gifted. Giftedness occurs in people from infancy through adulthood.…
Descriptors: Gifted, Preschool Children, Misconceptions, Identification
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Nissen, Hannah; Hawkins, Carol J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Systematic and ongoing assessment of children's skills and progress is at the heart of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood classrooms. Careful assessment enables teachers to know the children with whom they work. Effective early childhood practice focuses on the needs of the whole child, so child assessment must similarly focus…
Descriptors: Young Children, Social Development, Skill Development, Interpersonal Competence
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Leifield, Lisa; Sanders, Tisha Bennett – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Brain research has confirmed what many early care and education professionals have known all along--warm, nurturing relationships among babies, toddlers, and their caregivers support children's development. The nurturing adult-child interaction that supports children's development is called "responsive care". Responsive care is supported by small…
Descriptors: Infants, Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Development, Early Childhood Education
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