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Boat, Mary B.; Dinnebeil, Laurie A.; Bae, Youlmi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Increasing numbers of young children with diagnosed disabilities and unique learning needs are enrolled in early childhood programs. If early childhood inclusion is to be a successful educational approach, it is imperative that all early childhood teachers understand and are able to provide individualized instruction to young children with special…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Student Interests, Disabilities, Young Children
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Olsen, Heather; Donaldson, Ana J.; Hudson, Susan D. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Early childhood educators are responsible for providing young children with the best possible early care and education. Research on child care workers' education has shown that professional preparation makes a significant impact on children's cognitive and emotional development (National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC],…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Early Childhood Education, Online Courses, Young Children
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Barnes, Susan Kubic – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Teaching sign language--to deaf or other children with special needs or to hearing children with hard-of-hearing family members--is not new. Teaching sign language to typically developing children has become increasingly popular since the publication of "Baby Signs"[R] (Goodwyn & Acredolo, 1996), now in its third edition. Attention to signing with…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Special Needs Students, Language Acquisition, Hearing Impairments
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Cellitti, Anarella – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
The United States is becoming increasingly diverse, so early childhood educators are often among the first to work with families whose primary languages are other than English. Many parents, guardians, and family members do speak English but not fluently enough to feel comfortable communicating with teachers or administrators. When educators and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Children, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking
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Tunks, Karyn Wellhousen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Learning materials and teaching methods used in early childhood classrooms have fluctuated greatly over the past century. However, one learning tool has stood the test of time: Wood building blocks, often called unit blocks, continue to be a source of pleasure and learning for young children at play. Wood blocks have the unique capacity to engage…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Prior, Jennifer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
What is environmental print? It is symbols all around. Environmental print is on signs, billboards, packages, junk mail, and everywhere. Young children easily recognize environmental print in their surroundings. Their everyday experiences with print are an important classroom tool to help children connect what they already know about written…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Written Language, Young Children, Emergent Literacy
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Simpson, Cynthia G.; Gray, Jon P.; Waldrep, Staci; Gaus, Mark D. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Children in the United States are less active and more overweight today than at any time in history, and there has been a dramatic increase in obesity. Obesity can lead to physical and psychological health issues. Many adults recognize the health issues that can stem from childhood obesity, but may not be aware of the clear implication of the…
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Children
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Kemple, Kristen M.; Lopez, Maria – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Children notice physical characteristics of others and develop attitudes toward human diversity at a very young age. High-quality children's literature is a helpful springboard to encourage their awareness of differences and to develop their appreciation of uniqueness. Children's books can be an important avenue for shaping how children perceive…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Physical Characteristics, Preschool Children, Student Diversity
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Coleman, Mick; Wallinga, Charlotte; Bales, Diane – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
The Internet can be of great assistance to early childhood teachers in planning educational activities for the classroom and with families. This article explores how early childhood teachers can use resources online to address what has been called an "epidemic" of overweight children. Guidelines for using online resources are presented. (Contains…
Descriptors: Obesity, Early Childhood Education, Children, Internet
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Hughes, Eileen; Wineman, Kathi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Children's acquisition of early literacy skills continues to attract attention from researchers, educators, families, and policy makers. Literacy development starts early in life and is correlated with academic achievement. Early childhood educators can implement effective strategies to promote young children's literacy development. With changing…
Descriptors: Young Children, Preschool Teachers, Emergent Literacy, Reggio Emilia Approach
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Kirmani, Mubina Hassanali; Davis, Marcia H.; Kalyanpur, Maya – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Computers have become an important part of young children's lives, both as a source of entertainment and education. The National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) position statement on Technology and Young Children (2006) supports the need for equal access to technology for all children with attention to eliminating gender…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Computer Uses in Education, Young Children, Instructional Materials
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Swanson, Mary; Da Ros-Voseles, Denise – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
The overarching goal to create life-long learners who are enthusiastic readers requires a two-pronged approach: (1) enhancing dispositions; and (2) simultaneously teaching reading skills. This approach is powerfully portrayed in the children's book, "Thank You, Mr. Falker" (Polacco, 1998). This article explores how teachers of young children can…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Reading, Young Children
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Castle, Kathryn – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
"Professionalism" is typically defined as acting in accordance with agreed-upon professional standards or ethical codes. For entry into many types of careers, a professional needs a credential such as a license, certificate, or degree. To actually be professional requires that one accept and follow the ethical code adopted by the field. In nearly…
Descriptors: Credentials, Young Children, Ethics, Early Childhood Education
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Armstrong, Linda J.; Kinney, Katherine C.; Clayton, Lisa H. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Teacher leadership is quite simply what teachers do for the good of children inside and beyond their classrooms. It is critical today to successfully reform schools and the profession. Inside the classroom, teacher leaders advocate for best practices and model expert teaching. Teacher leaders contribute to their professional community to improve…
Descriptors: Young Children, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Teacher Leadership
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Pillow-Price, Kathy L. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Early educators aim to provide high-quality services for children and families. Those services are often helped or harmed by the nature of the political climate at any moment. Currently, there are many critical issues affecting the field at both the state and national levels. The power of early childhood's collective voices and the desire to make…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Advocacy, Legislation
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