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Norton, Terry L.; Anfin, Carol S. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues involving young children in food preparation activities enhances traditional curriculum areas of language arts, math, science, and social skills. Encourages utilization of children's literature as sources replete with references to food and teaching ideas on food via literary tie-ins. Provides specific recipes which relate to Mother Goose…
Descriptors: Activity Units, Childrens Literature, Cooking Instruction, Curriculum Development
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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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Disque, J. Graham; Langenbrunner, Mary R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests using books to nurture development of children's positive self-images by employing Narrative Therapy, a family therapy technique. Discusses guidelines to help children behave in more socially mature ways. Defines terms used in Narrative Therapy and gives examples of techniques. Lists children's books by therapy category and suggests ways…
Descriptors: Bibliotherapy, Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education
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Richey, David Dean; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Offers practical advice for staff and families associated with integrated programs. Identifies potential sources of stress and discusses eight strategies toward successful inclusion involving systemic planning, suggested resources, and family participation. Suggests embedding intervention of individual goals and objectives in an activity-based…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Experience
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Routt, Mary Lou – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Asserts children who grow up with adults who encourage initiative, model healthy cooperation, and value individual differences and cooperative efforts will develop a healthy sense of belonging. Defines belonging and discusses four human ecological systems. Suggests strategies to encourage connectedness including welcoming children and families,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Early Childhood Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent School Relationship
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Stringer-Seibold, Traci; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Describes a qualitative research study of children from divided families and analyzes findings in terms of family contexts, children's resiliency, and needs. Suggests strategies for professionals including recognition of developmental capacity within family circumstances, interactive systems, communication patterns and areas of stress. Includes…
Descriptors: Divorce, Early Childhood Education, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics
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Couchenour, Donna; Chrisman, Kent – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Discusses sexuality as encompassing all areas of children's development. Suggests ways to use contextual situations to discuss body functions, body parts, and reproduction to foster healthy understandings of sexuality as children develop. Includes descriptions of best practices in early childhood education matched with developmental expectations…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices
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Koyanagi, Chris – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Provides tips for children's advocates to assure that managed mental health care is implemented in a manner which best meets the needs of children, families, and care providers. Explains managed care through specialized mental health and substance abuse services. Discusses elements necessary for early intervention and the need to address risk…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Early Childhood Education
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Wardle, Francis – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Examines children's developmental needs with regard to outdoor play areas, the types of equipment needed to encourage all kinds of play, and the advantages and disadvantages of homemade and commercial playground equipment and various playground materials. Discusses the role of safety standards, outlines requirements of the Americans with…
Descriptors: Child Safety, Childhood Needs, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education
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Dresden, Janna; Shetterley, Karen R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
High-quality family child care and school-age programs have characteristics to promote positive relationships among families and children that enhance children's development and family functioning, much like the thriving neighborhoods of previous generations. These characteristics include choice and variety, environments emphasizing safety and…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, After School Programs, Child Safety, Classroom Environment
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Barclay, Kathy; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Discusses how daily routines in early childhood and primary grade settings can assist young children's developing understanding of time. Notes adaptable activities, including tracking weather, keeping records, talking about activities, creating time lines, celebrating personal milestones, and recording events and changes. Lists ways to integrate…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation
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Cotton, Janice N. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes the partnership between city government, higher education, and the business community in developing the Birmingham (Alabama) Early Learning Center, a child care program for infants and young children. Outlines the missions of the Early Learning Center, including offering high-quality care, providing a teacher education facility,…
Descriptors: Community Resources, Cooperation, Day Care, Early Childhood Education
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Wilt, Judith Vander – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes how educators and families can foster children's sense of responsibility. Activities noted include interactions that support responsibility, such as asking questions that enable children to see some responsible choices; strategies that encourage learning, such as offering challenging, engaging learning opportunities in an interactive…
Descriptors: Child Responsibility, Educational Strategies, Incentives, Parent Child Relationship
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Stanberry, Anne M.; Blackwell, Ann P. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Advocates public policy education in higher education and student involvement in state public policy. Discusses ways to incorporate public policy education in university courses in family and consumer sciences curricula at the introductory, advanced, and graduate levels, including writing briefing reports, participating in professional…
Descriptors: Advocacy, College Students, Curriculum Development, Focus Groups
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