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Monsalvatge, Laura; Long, Kris; DiBello, Lilia – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2013
Early childhood professionals constantly reflect upon how to improve the quality of educational experiences for young children. They are often encouraged to create centers that support the development of language, literacy and mathematical concepts inside the classroom, but they often forget that there is an untapped world of learning just outside…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Outdoor Education, Environmental Education
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Gross, Carol M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Water is fascinating, fun, and multifaceted. Children can play with it endlessly. But play, for play's sake, is not water's only value (Crosser, 1994, Tovey, 1993). Indeed, water play is a compelling focus of study for young children (Chalufour & Worth, 2005). The concepts that young children learn from water play are essential for early childhood…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Water, Scientific Concepts
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Jennings, Danielle; Hanline, Mary Frances; Woods, Juliann – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Embedding early intervention activities into routines and activities of early care and education programs can result in increased skill development for young children with special needs or developmental delays. Routines-based interventions must be implemented through ongoing collaboration and communication among teachers, families, intervention…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Special Needs Students, Skill Development
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Moore, Mary Ruth; Hall, Susan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Understanding a story is an active process, whether children have listened to it being read aloud or, when they are older and read it for themselves. When children grasp a story, they (1) attend to what is important; (2) anticipate what is to come; and (3) build meaningful patterns from the many details. These active interactions with a story can…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Story Grammar, Listening
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Izumi-Taylor, Satomi; Morris, Vivian Gunn; Meredith, Cathy D.; Hicks, Claire – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Young children enjoy moving around when they hear music. Children take pleasure in physical activities that contribute to their healthy development. Physical activities are vital to retain healthy bodies, and inactivity is one cause of obesity in young children (Dow, 2010; Izumi-Taylor & Morris, 2007). This article describes how teachers and…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Music, Curriculum, Young Children
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Blank, Jolyn – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Early literacy instruction is receiving increasing emphasis. Many teachers of young children recognize that skills such as identifying and forming letters and practicing oral language skills are important (Helm & Katz, 2010). At the same time, teachers also report feeling pressure to focus on intensive drill and practice of isolated skills such as…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Language Acquisition, Emergent Literacy, Early Childhood Education
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Mathews, Sarah E. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Just as humming a merry tune helped Snow White and her furry animal friends to quickly clean a filthy cottage in the movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (Disney & Cottrell, 1937), singing can be an effective way to help keep young children fully engaged during classroom transitions. The purposes of this article are to: (1) consider why…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Singing, Young Children, Class Activities
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Ponciano, Leslie; Shabazian, Ani – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Early childhood educators work with children and families from a range of diverse backgrounds. As society becomes increasingly multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural, so too grows the need for educators' abilities to support children's development by instilling in them the tools they need to live together respectfully and stand up to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Multilingualism, Cultural Pluralism, Intercultural Programs
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Morrison, Kathy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2012
Linking science and art explorations makes sense in early childhood education for a number of reasons. Young children have a natural curiosity about their world and how it works. Young children are also natural artists. Most are delighted to participate in open-ended art activities, dramatic play, singing, and dancing. For young children, the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Art Activities, Young Children, Science Process Skills
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Olsen, Heather; Thompson, Donna; Hudson, Susan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood programs strive to provide good-quality care and education as young children develop their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual skills. In order to provide children with positive, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, educators ensure the safety and security of children, indoors and outdoors. The outdoor…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Supervision, Young Children
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Nuner, Joyce E.; Griffith, Amy C. Stevens – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early care and education providers often are the first to notice children's developmental differences because their extensive knowledge about and experience with typical development is a baseline frame for recognizing differences. Educators of young children are aware that the earlier children with developmental delays, such as those caused by…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Autism, Young Children, Developmental Delays
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Alanis, Iliana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early education programs in the United States are experiencing an increase in the number of English learners and, consequently, an increase in dual-language programs that best serve the needs of these children. Dual-language programs enable children to communicate orally and in written forms in both their native languages and in English. This…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Language Skills
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Gilbert, Jaesook L.; Harte, Helene Arbouet; Patrick, Carol – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Initiatives such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) reflect America's recent emphasis on literacy and educational accountability. Policymakers have a heightened interest in educating children earlier and fostering brain growth, in part due to the increased awareness of research on brain development and the importance of the early years…
Descriptors: Play, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Brain
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Kemple, Kristen Mary; Kim, Hae Kyoung – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood educators spend extensive amounts of time with young children, so they are often the first adults to notice signs that a child may be abused or neglected. All educators are required by law to report suspected maltreatment, and can play an important role in preventing and responding to abuse and neglect of young children. What is…
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Young Children, Teacher Role, Intervention
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Warash, Bobbie Gibson; Smith, Keri; Root, Amy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Young children's capabilities continue to be revealed through brain and other scientific research. These advances in knowledge have led to the implementation of more progressive learning experiences in preschool programs. More in-depth explorations accommodate young children's intellect and they help children develop life skills as competent…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Teaching Methods, Student Educational Objectives, Executive Function
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