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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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Hall, Anna H.; Axelrod, Ysaaca – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Although it is evident that advocacy for strong school and family relationships exists, many teachers and schools struggle to find ways to engage families in their classrooms. At the same time, research on families from diverse cultural and linguistic groups points to differences in perceptions of what it means to be involved, support children's…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Family School Relationship, Literacy Education, Writing Skills
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Ward, Robin – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Despite convincing research and strong public support, education budget cuts have forced schools and districts to limit or even eliminate arts instruction. Author Robin Ward argues that educators need to address the critical need to preserve and, in those cases, re-integrate the arts back into the school curriculum--mostly because the arts are…
Descriptors: Number Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Artists, Art Products
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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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Lentz, C. Lorelle; Seo, Kay Kyeong-Ju; Gruner, Bridget – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
The conversation about young children and their use of technology has dramatically changed over the past ten years in the early childhood education community and in the general public. It appears the debate has moved forward from the question posed by Vail (2001) in her article titled, "How Young Is Too Young? When It Comes to Computer Use,…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy
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Pillow-Price, Kathy; Yonts, Nikki; Stinson, Laura – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
While the idea of using a dog in the classroom at first seems unorthodox, the history of using animals in therapeutic settings is extensive. The first documented use of animals in a therapeutic setting was in a mental institution in England in 1792 (Levinson, 1969). In North America, dogs were first used in therapy in 1919 at St. Elizabeth's…
Descriptors: Animals, Therapy, Young Children, Preschool Children
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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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Henderson, C. Miki; Lasley, Elizabeth – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Art, drama, music, dance and literature activities are part of the basic components of an early childhood curriculum. They do not rely heavily on oral language or English proficiency, and this makes them accessible to all children regardless of language differences or language abilities. Teachers can use creative expression and art to practice…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Classroom Environment, Play, Art Activities
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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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Towery, Pamela C.; Nix, Elizabeth S.; Norman, Bilinda – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Childhood overweight and obesity are major problems in the United States, with important consequences for our nation's health and economy. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, yet children, adolescents, and adults skip breakfast on a routine basis. This habit of breakfast skipping is related to weight gain, higher body mass…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Child Health, Eating Habits, Health Promotion
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Petty, Karen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Resilience has often been defined as the ability to bounce back in times of adversity and to develop in a positive way when faced with setbacks. Children routinely show high amounts of resilience mostly because of temperament and a built-in sense of autonomy.Children are able to overcome adversity to bounce back before social and emotional harm is…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Coping, Empathy, Help Seeking
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Harte, Helene Arbouet – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2013
Engagement in the natural environment provides authentic and concrete opportunities for children to enhance development in all domains (Bailie, 2010). As children play and explore in nature they build gross motor development moving through the outdoors. Learning outside and in nature not only allows for learning across subject areas and…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Play, Experiential Learning
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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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