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Warner, Laverne; Wilmoth, Linda – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Mrs. Keenan, a preschool teacher, observed her 3-year-old granddaughter Riley pull, tug, and stack piles of holiday boxes on the floor. She remembered that her child care director had suggested using boxes as a curriculum theme, but she hadn't given much thought about the idea until now. She said to herself, "I wonder if my children would be as…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Learning Activities, Art Activities, Educational Games
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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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Rous, Beth; Grove, Jaime; Townley, Kim – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Public school systems have recently become major players in providing services for children in their early years. In addition, a number of other services are available to young children including child care, Head Start, and Early Head Start programs. The link between program quality and professional development of early care and education…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Early Childhood Education, Articulation (Education), Scholarships
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Whaley, Carrie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Early childhood teachers face a daunting task when trying to incorporate so many important ideas into curriculum planning. Fortunately, standards are not prescriptive in how they are to be implemented. Teachers who are well versed in standards and developmentally appropriate practices "can" provide meaningful experiences for children. How can…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Academic Standards, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Bagdi, Aparna; Vacca, John; Waninger, Kendra N. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
All children have their own unique ways of interacting with their environments, connecting with people around them, and learning about their world. Babies take in information from their senses and use this information to respond to people and events. Children's daily experiences facilitate integration of their senses. These early sensory…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Infants, Toddlers, Sensory Integration
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Wallinga, Charlotte; Coleman, Mick; Bales, Diane – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Dramatic improvements have been made in the lives of children over the last century. Even so, many health and safety challenges remain unresolved. For example, unintentional injuries claim the lives of more children each year than any other cause of death. In addition, a panel of pediatricians reported that the incidence of childhood obesity…
Descriptors: Health Education, Safety, Injuries, Young Children
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Hall, Katrina Willard – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Teachers know the value of reading aloud to support children's learning and to foster a love of books (Glazer & Giorgis, 2005). In fact, many teachers have dozens, if not hundreds, of books on a vast number of topics. However, for reasons that range from lack of time to curriculum constraints, teachers may not always carefully examine what they…
Descriptors: Reading Material Selection, Reading Aloud to Others, Childrens Literature, Young Children
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Singer, Jayne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
The flood of early child development research in the past decade has blossomed into enormous public interest in the importance of the first years of children's lives. It is critical for policymakers and professionals to acknowledge and honor the crucial role that early care and education (ECE) providers have in the developmental health and…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Infants, Child Development, Child Caregivers
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Zwahr, Melissa D.; Davis, Caroline F.; Aviles, Jill; Buss, Kristen H.; Stine, Helen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Increasingly, infants and toddlers in the United States are being cared for outside of the home and/or by extended family (Capizzano & Adams, 2000). This social and demographic change has placed an unprecedented level of responsibility on people other than family--caregivers--to provide a nurturing, stimulating, and safe environment that will…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Child Caregivers, Caregiver Training, Infants
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Bruno, Holly Elissa – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Caring adults may be unaware of how deeply healing their love for a child can be. A gentle smile, warming cuddle, or soothing lullaby can uplift a baby or toddler. Infants, who appear healthy on the outside, can suffer deeply within from "invisible wounds." "Young children are the most vulnerable to being abused or neglected. Statistically, the…
Descriptors: Emotional Intelligence, Child Neglect, Child Abuse, Child Caregivers
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Isbell, Christy; Isbell, Rebecca Temple – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
From the first moments of life, infants begin the exciting journey to gain control of their bodies. These beginning movements are an essential way of playing and learning for infants. During their first year, infants learn more motor skills than at any other time in their lives. Brain research has revealed that the motor area of an infant's brain…
Descriptors: Caregivers, Infants, Brain, Cognitive Development
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Cheshire, Nancy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Through the years, educational systems in the United States have experienced great change. The one-room schoolhouse is now uncommon, but in years past it was the norm. Changes in society have brought about demands for early care and education systems that were not needed or provided as recently as 100 or even 20 years ago. Families today need and…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Infants, Preschool Education, Caregiver Child Relationship
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Freeman, Nancy K. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues that children develop--at home, in school, and in the community--a repertoire of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that prepare them to become peaceful, cooperative, caring adults. Provides examples of instruction in caring through family life, household activities, classroom curriculum, the classroom environment, instructional techniques,…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Rearing, Classroom Environment
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Barclay, Kathy; Benelli, Cecelia – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues that observations of how children construct literacy and their responses to print-filled environments will help child care providers and families be better prepared to support children's emergent literacy. Provides advice on literacy development, supporting emergent literacy, developing positive attitudes toward reading, and developing…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Emergent Literacy, Infants, Literacy Education
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Durost, Dennis D.; Hutchinson, Sue L. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes the Keypal Project, a project in which e-mail was introduced in two kindergarten classes with the intent to enrich children's literacy and communication skills and foster long-distance relationships. Found the project had great learning potential and was easily incorporated into constructivist programs which emphasize active learning.…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education
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