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Kinard, Tim; Gainer, Jesse – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
What is realia and theory-building? Tim Kinard and Jesse Gainer explain that when students explore using "realia," they are not just being exposed to abstract concepts or text on a page, they are using "real-life" objects to build understandings of the natural world while they builds vocabulary about it. Handling and discussing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English (Second Language), Preschool Children, Hands on Science
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Campbell, Ashley; Williams, Judy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
This article describes a semester-long project developed by the authors to create a positive connection between children and nature. The project integrated reading instruction with science activities to emphasize the natural world in the lives of children. This intervention involved the authors visiting an elementary classroom five times over the…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Reading Instruction, Science Activities, Intervention
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Ward, Robin – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Despite convincing research and strong public support, education budget cuts have forced schools and districts to limit or even eliminate arts instruction. Author Robin Ward argues that educators need to address the critical need to preserve and, in those cases, re-integrate the arts back into the school curriculum--mostly because the arts are…
Descriptors: Number Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Artists, Art Products
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Monk, Sarah K. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Describes how a first-grade class in East Texas learned to garden in a project that allows children to plant seeds and watch their plants mature while developing skills in mathematics, science, reading and writing, and interpreting a calendar. (SW)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Environmental Education, Experimental Teaching