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Loughlin, Kristen; Bell, Michael J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
During a five-week research study, a kindergarten class of 14 five- and six-year-old children learned to sing and play soprano ukuleles. The study had a dual purpose: to teach the children foundational music skills, and to teach them to read lyrics at the emergent reader level. Csikszentmihalyi (2009) cites one of the pitfalls of traditional music…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Music Education, Music Activities
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Thompson, Josh; Pearce, Nicole – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Early childhood is a time of great creativity. Building creativity into the learning environment should be natural, organic, as observant teachers follow the child. This article provide tools for building creativity through play across the creative arts including dramatic play, movement and dance, music, and visual arts. Additionally, play and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Creativity, Educational Environment
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Moore, Lin; Zweig, Elaine – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Children with special needs may have less access to play due to the nature of their developmental delay or disability or their lack of experience with typically developing peers. Many preschools and kindergartens have reduced play in their daily schedules and elementary schools have reduced or eliminated recess (Jarrett et al., 2015; Zigler &…
Descriptors: Play, Students with Disabilities, Student Needs, Teacher Role
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Schneider, Elke; Kulmhofer-Bommer, Andrea – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
This article shares a selected number of research-evidenced and field-tested playful oral language learning activities (POLLAs) for early childhood educators to engage English learners (ELs) and their peers in focused oral language practices. These activities are easy to infuse in existing curricula.
Descriptors: Play, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Second Language Learning
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Becker, Patricia – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Problem solving is a critical component of academic and social emotional learning. It is a life-long skill. For young children, opportunities to make choices and problem solve lay the foundation for later development of self-determination (Palmer et al., 2012). However, young children may not have the experience or ability to resolve problems…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Dramatic Play, Young Children, Protocol Analysis
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Lema, José; Summers, Stacie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
In today's fast paced early childhood classrooms, mathematics play activities in prekindergarten settings are not consistently supported. Administrators and educators have discussed with great intensity and passion about incorporating mathematics play in prekindergarten classrooms. Both groups discussed the benefits and reservations of…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Play
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Facun-Granadozo, Ruth; Olubowale, Olawale; Ejiogu, Chukwudebelu Franklin – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Africans are often misrepresented or under-represented in popular books and media. They are often presented as a single group of people; hence, other peoples' formed notion of Africans represents a single story (Adichie, 2009). This single story needs to change because it does not represent many Africans' lived experiences. The antidote to…
Descriptors: African Culture, Early Childhood Teachers, Books, Childrens Literature
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Harte, Helene Arbouet; Gilbert, Jaesook L.; Griebling, Susan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Play allows children to experience joy in the moment of learning. Parrott and Cohen (2020) highlight the benefit of unstructured play to children's overall learning in their case study. Outdoor play typically has no restrictions or end goal in mind. The possibilities of outdoor learning experiences are endless for children as they experiment with…
Descriptors: Play, Outdoor Education, Preschool Education, Learner Engagement
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Harper, Rebecca G. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
As a literacy educator, the author's interest in how students conceptualize writing is one that she devotes a significant amount of time and interest. Understanding how students make sense of reading and writing at an early age can assist educators in designing and implementing literacy engagements that are both high quality and effective. To…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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Zhang, Aidong – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Play-based classroom learning environments have an immediate and long-term impact on children's optimal growth and development. With the continuing efforts of state and federal government agencies to fund early childhood programs with the intention of assuring that all children enter school ready to learn, enrollment into these programs continues…
Descriptors: Play, Educational Environment, Teacher Role, Early Childhood Teachers
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Cutler, Carrie; Johnson, Adrienne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
The psychological and cognitive impacts of COVID-19 on children are still unfolding; however, several researchers have noted negative effects of quarantine on youth (Orgilés et al., 2020) and parents (Fontanesi et al., 2020). The abrupt departure from preschool due to social distancing and potential family disharmony associated with financial and…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Educational Practices, Self Control
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Leifield, Lisa – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Young children are disproportionately impacted by trauma (Barnett & Hambien, n.d.) and are more vulnerable to the impact of trauma (Bartlett et al., 2017). Trauma in the early years' impacts brain development (Bartlett, et al., 2017; Sciaffara et al., 2018), which has both immediate (Bartlett & Smith, 2017) as well as long-term…
Descriptors: Young Children, Resilience (Psychology), Trauma, Infants
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Hall, Anna; Gao, Qianyi; Linder, Sandra – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Field-based experience has been an integral part of teacher preparation, and there is a consensus among key stakeholders that school-based practica are one of the most critical components of effective teacher education programs (Aspden, 2017; La Paro et al., 2018; Vick, 2006; Zeichner, 2002). Based on John Dewey's theory that knowledge is acquired…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Student Teachers, Teaching Experience
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Hall, Anna; Gao, Qianyi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
When teachers take on the sole responsibility for teaching children to write, it is a hefty load to bear. Fortunately, families can serve alongside teachers as powerful writing role models and help welcome children into the world of written language. Involving families as team members in a teacher's writing instruction is not always easy. It takes…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Writing Instruction, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Computer Mediated Communication
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Gonulates, Funda; Gilbert, Jaesook – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
Mathematics is abstract for young children. One way to help children develop better understanding of core early mathematical concepts is by providing concrete learning experiences, thereby making mathematics more accessible to them. Additionally, children will choose to spend more time on subjects or activities they enjoy, which in turn leads to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Mathematics Activities
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