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Wells, Rachael; Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
This article explores how children can learn about environmental sciences through place-based education and children's literature. Recent studies suggest that there is a lack of environmental science knowledge among citizens of all ages. Scholars and educators recommend introducing young children to the places in which they live to create an…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Relevance (Education)
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Hall, Kendra M.; Sabey, Brenda L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
Effective use of informational texts in early elementary grade classrooms can extend and expand children's knowledge of the world and provide critical skills necessary for success in the information age. This article suggests several research-based instructional activities that will enhance children's ability to use and comprehend informational…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Young Children, Primary Education, Elementary School Students
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Smith, Mary K. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Defines creativity as the process of being original, spontaneous, and/or unique, using prior knowledge and available information to think or act in a new way. Creativity can be fostered by acceptance and encouragement, by an atmosphere of trust, and by selection of classroom activities and materials. Children need uninterrupted work time for…
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques, Creative Activities
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Nichols, Betsy L.; Honig, Alice S. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1997
Describes the benefits of including music in early childhood education programs, including teaching children about sounds, the elements of music, and cultural diversity. Provides a list of folk songs suitable for early childhood classrooms to support teachers' use of singing and moving. (EV)
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Activities, Cultural Education
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Dailey, Kathleen – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1997
Reviews the benefits and discusses the limitations of the traditional approach to show and tell, such as teacher-dictated schedules, limited interactive communication, problems with children's listening skills and item selection, and its teacher-directed nature. Presents an alternative approach based on appropriate practice--sharing centers--and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Expressive Language
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Bohning, Gerry; Althouse, Jody Kosack – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1997
Offers a Tangram Teaching Guide that provides a five-step developmental sequence for teaching tangramming to young children. Includes teaching resources and a checklist summarizing the teaching sequence. Asserts that tangram experiences help children develop positive attitudes toward geometry, further their shape identification and classification…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Geometric Concepts, Geometric Constructions, Geometry
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Muri, Simone Alter – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Suggests that children involved in the process of creating games from other cultures gain an increased interest in learning about other cultures and increased cognitive, social, and interpersonal skills. Notes that stressing commonalities by making games rather than focusing on differences fosters sensitivity and a greater understanding of others.…
Descriptors: Childrens Games, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness
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Haugland, Susan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Argues that computers in early childhood classrooms serve to raise young children's self-esteem, self-concept, and place in the classroom community. Provides examples of specific computer exercises including storytelling, journals, autobiographies, classroom data collection and recording, and classroom activities. Notes that these computer…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education
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Mayfield, Phyllis K.; And Others – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Notes that, increasingly, young children with visual impairments are educated in community settings with nondisabled peers. Suggests information for the child care and preschool teacher to facilitate the development of children with visual impairments within inclusive settings. Specific suggestions are provided for addressing environmental…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Disabilities, Inclusive Schools
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Kuby, Patricia; And Others – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Describes picture books that contain environmental print (print found in the natural environment of a child, such as logos, billboards, and road signs) and how they can be used in the classroom. Includes "ABC Drive!" by Naomi Howland (1994), "The Signmaker's Assistant" by Tedd Arnold (1992), and four others. Also provides a…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Childrens Literature, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy
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Jacobs, Nancy L.; And Others – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Discusses results of a survey of preschool teachers, children, and their parents about young children's understanding of parents' employment. Reveals that many children don't know what their parents do at work despite teacher and parent belief in the importance of this knowledge. Offers suggestions on classroom projects and children's books…
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Childhood Attitudes, Comprehension, Employed Parents
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Craig, Dorothy Valcarcel – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Considers theory, standards, guidelines, and rationale for technology in the preschool environment. Examines practices of 12 diverse preschool sites and derives 4 models that enable early learners to engage and experience technology within a developmentally appropriate learning environment. Focuses on technology-infused preschool models for…
Descriptors: Computer Software Selection, Computer Uses in Education, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Technology
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Morris, Vivian Gunn; Taylor, Satomi Izumi; Wilson, Jeanne T. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Notes the prevalence of violence in schools and discusses approaches to reducing violent behavior. Presents the strategy of using children's literature as part of a comprehensive program planned and implemented by the school in collaboration with the local community to create caring and peaceful early childhood classrooms. Includes an annotated…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Bullying, Change Strategies, Childrens Literature
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Huber, Linda K. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Although many teachers acknowledge that language and culture are critical components of children's development, actually incorporating materials representative of children's cultures remains a problem. This article explains how the dramatic play center is a natural place to promote multicultural awareness in the classroom and offers suggestions…
Descriptors: Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Dramatic Play
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Frieman, Barry B. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Discusses the role early-childhood professionals can play in helping divorced fathers be more involved in the lives of their children. Strategies include involving fathers in school and classroom activities and serving as child-care consultants. Benefits for children, such as improved emotional health and educational experiences, are discussed.…
Descriptors: Divorce, Early Childhood Education, Fathers, Parent Child Relationship
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