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Sanchez, Claudia; Walsh, Bridget A.; Rose, Katherine Kensinger – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood educators are always looking for accessible, easy-to-use strategies to enhance communication with families. Technology innovations have the potential to enhance and create more meaningful school and home communication that involves families and encourages them to support their children's learning at home. Effective technological…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Technology Uses in Education
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Cutler, Carrie S. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Preschool children are learning so many skills--how to cut with scissors, zip zippers, recognize the alphabet and their names, and share toys with others. A strong academic curriculum also requires that children learn more about math (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM], 2000). By following the five easy principles outlined here,…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Educational Principles, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills
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Baumgartner, Jennifer J.; DiCarlo, Cynthia F.; Apavaloaie, Loredana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood professionals are familiar with finding and appreciating daily moments of joy. Teachers smile inside and out when toddlers are able to pull up their own pants, preschoolers write their names for the first time, or kindergarteners figure out how to make complicated patterns with blocks. Working with young children can also be very…
Descriptors: Young Children, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Burnout, Teaching Conditions
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Harte, Helene Arbouet – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Teachers of young children work hard to be professional and to be viewed by others as professionals. These efforts to maintain professionalism must include e-professionalism. E-professionalism involves behavior related to professional standards and ethics when using electronic communication (Evans & Gerwitz, 2008). Cellular telephones, social…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Mass Media Use, Telecommunications, Information Technology
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Aina, Olaiya E.; Cameron, Petronella A. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
The early gender bias experiences that children encounter can shape their attitudes and beliefs related to their development of interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, access to education equality, participation in the corporate work world, as well as stifling their physical and psychological well being. For early childhood educators, being…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Young Children, Sexual Identity, Gender Issues
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Morrison, Johnetta W.; Storey, Pamela; Zhang, Chenyi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Family involvement in early childhood classrooms benefits children, school staff, and families. The development of a strong relationship between early childhood programs and families is a critical component of developmentally appropriate practices. What strategies enable families to be full and active participants in their young children's…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Young Children, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Izumi-Taylor, Satomi; Rike, Cheryl – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Toddlers--from about 16 to 36 months--can learn a variety of skills as they prepare food and follow recipes in developmentally appropriate ways. Early childhood teachers are encouraged to support young children's healthy eating habits by offering simple food preparation experiences. When toddlers--and preschoolers--safely prepare healthy snacks,…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Toddlers, Eating Habits, Teachers
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Lynch, Sharon A.; Simpson, Cynthia G. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Well-informed teachers of young children recognize the importance of children's social development. The development of social skills lays a critical foundation for later academic achievement as well as work-related skills. Social development is such a key issue with young children that a number of methods to address social skills have been…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Socialization, Academic Achievement, Young Children
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Shin, Sarah J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Some teachers are justifiably concerned that primary-age students who continue to use their native language skills might hamper their acquisition of English literacy. After all, isn't time spent in writing in the first language time that could have been spent writing in English? Many other teachers agree conceptually with the notion that…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Second Language Learning, Language Skills, Immigrants
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Davidson, Stephanie R.; Boals-Gilbert, Beverly – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Few people are willing to admit that senior adults and young children share many common characteristics, including: (1) changes in development; (2) need for companionship; and (3) the desire to be understood. These two groups are connected mostly through direct interaction with middle-aged adults. One very practical way to build a greater sense of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Age Differences, Child Development, Child Care Centers
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Rudd, Loretta C.; Satterwhite, Macy; Lambert, Matthew C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Mathematical Mediated Language (MML) is a teaching technique designed to enhance children's learning. Teachers who use MML engage in a dialogue with children about mathematics concepts that apply to the activity in which they are engaged. This dialogue links "conceptually related linguistic and mathematical knowledge." In other words, teachers…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Play, Learning Motivation, Mathematical Concepts
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Test, Joan E.; Cunningham, Denise D.; Lee, Amanda C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
In general, talking with young children encourages development in many areas: (1) spoken language; (2) early literacy; (3) cognitive development; (4) social skills; and (5) emotional maturity. Speaking with children in increasingly complex and responsive ways does this even better. This article explores research findings about the effects of…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Speech, Learning Activities, Oral Language
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Larson, Mark J.; Whitin, David J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Mathematical, scientific, and technological knowledge is critical for people in a 21st Century world that is dependent upon a global interconnectedness and a knowledge-based economy. This is the kind of knowledge that will power innovations and drive decision making in the years ahead. Schools are therefore being called upon to devise a…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction, Graphs, Mathematical Logic
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Giles, Rebecca McMahon; Tunks, Karyn Wellhousen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Early encounters with environmental print, words, and other graphic symbols found in children's surroundings are among their first concrete exposures to written language. These experiences: (1) provide an introduction to making meaning of abstract symbols; and (2) offer children their first opportunity to make sense of the world through print. As…
Descriptors: Written Language, Emergent Literacy, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Crawford, Patricia A.; Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth; Hickmann, Rosemary – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
"Teacher leadership" is often described as a murky concept that refers not to a particular position, but rather to varied formal and informal leadership roles that teachers play within school communities. Teacher leadership may involve shaping curricula, choosing instructional materials, leading professional book clubs, planning staff…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Master Teachers, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership
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