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Ray, Katherine; Smith, Maureen C. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
This article describes kindergarten from the perspective of the whole child. Specifically, it reviews current research on best practices to improve children's math and language arts competencies, memory skills, and the role of kindergarten in beginning science. It also describes the social experiences children have in kindergarten with respect to…
Descriptors: Emotional Intelligence, Parent Participation, Minority Group Children, Kindergarten
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Cunningham, Denise D. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
Preschool classrooms were investigated to determine the extent to which quality is related to children's literacy development. The study included 24 classrooms of 428 prekindergarten children in a large, urban Midwestern school district. Results suggest that global classroom quality and literacy environment quality are strongly related. Literacy…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Preschool Children, Educational Quality, Urban Schools
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Read, Marilyn A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
The exterior design of existing preschool environments is evaluated in the context of contemporary writings by architects focusing on creating designs that nurture children's emotions. Sense of place research is discussed in relation to young children's experiences. Findings reveal that the majority of sites included in the study incorporated many…
Descriptors: Child Care Centers, Preschool Education, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Environment