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Wasik, Barbara A.; Jacobi-Vessels, Jill L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
Play is an important activity in young children's lives. It is how children explore their world and build knowledge. Although free play, which is play that is totally child directed, contributes to children's learning, self-regulation and motivation, adults' participation in children's play is critical in their development, especially their…
Descriptors: Child Language, Play, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Reading Instruction
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Gerde, Hope K.; Schachter, Rachel E.; Wasik, Barbara A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2013
Researchers and practitioners have become increasingly interested in how early childhood programs prepare young children for science. Due to a number of factors, including educators' low self-efficacy for teaching science and lack of educational resources, many early childhood classrooms do not offer high-quality science experiences for young…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Scientific Methodology, Young Children, Preschool Curriculum
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Hindman, Annemarie H.; Wasik, Barbara A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2012
This exploratory study examined the Morning Message, an activity that is widely practiced in many early childhood curricula but has almost no empirical data to support its effectiveness. In total, 7 Head Start teachers and the 59 four-year-old children in their classrooms participated in this study. Using a qualitative observation system, we…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Young Children, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Gerde, Hope K.; Bingham, Gary E.; Wasik, Barbara A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2012
Writing is a critical emergent literacy skill that lays the foundation for children's later literacy skills and reading achievement. Recent work indicates that many early childhood programs offer children materials and tools for engaging in writing activities but teachers rarely are seen modeling writing for children or scaffolding children's…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Childrens Writing, Best Practices, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Wasik, Barbara A.; Hindman, Annemarie H. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2011
The Morning Message is a commonly implemented activity in early childhood settings, appearing as a part of the daily schedule in many classrooms. However, there is limited research on what are the most effective ways to use the Morning Message to promote print awareness. The goal of this paper is to present suggested guidelines for implementing…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Class Activities, Guidelines, Literacy
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Bond, Mary Alice; Wasik, Barbara A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
Conversations are a primary tool for language development in preschool classrooms. Unfortunately, opportunities to have meaningful conversations between children and adults may not exist in preschool classrooms, especially those that serve children from high poverty contexts. Conversation Stations were implemented in preschool classrooms to ensure…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Preschool Education, Vocabulary Development, Language Acquisition