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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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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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Korn-Bursztyn, Carol – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2002
Describes a curriculum flow developed around Vincent Van Gogh's "The Starry Night," created to strengthen the connections between the arts and early childhood curricula, especially in the area of literacy. Addresses: (1) preparing prior to a workshop; (2) selecting a work of art; and (3) selecting and reading children's literature.…
Descriptors: Art, Art Activities, Art Education, Childrens Literature
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Upright, Richard L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2002
Examines the strategy of using moral dilemmas and role-play to increase empathy in the elementary classroom. Addresses specific aspects of: (1) formal and informal observations; (2) informal interviews; (3) appropriate stories; (4) presentation methods; (5) large and small group discussions; and (6) closing techniques such as creative writing…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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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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Morrison, Rebecca – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
Argues that inclusion of children with disabilities into various preschool settings presents opportunities for early childhood educators to address issues of differences through the use of effective tools and teaching strategies. Suggests that a journal-type portfolio is a tool early-childhood educators can use to enhance the acceptance of…
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Developmental Disabilities, Differences, Disabilities
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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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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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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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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Discusses the use of developmentally appropriate religion-based literature in early-childhood education to address children's inquiries about God and religion. Suggests that these literature experiences can extend children's knowledge base, cultivate their critical-thinking skills, and develop their tolerance for religion-based differences.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Critical Thinking, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education
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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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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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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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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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