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Izumi-Taylor, Satomi; Ito, Yoko – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
This article describes how American and Japanese kindergartners see play and what teachers can learn from them. The authors share their findings from analyzing photos and interviews from 44 American children in the southeastern United States and 55 Japanese children in the main island of Japan, all aged five to six years. In the study, children…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Play, Photography, Interviews
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Cellitti, Anarella – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
The United States is becoming increasingly diverse, so early childhood educators are often among the first to work with families whose primary languages are other than English. Many parents, guardians, and family members do speak English but not fluently enough to feel comfortable communicating with teachers or administrators. When educators and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Children, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking
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Simpson, Cynthia G.; Gray, Jon P.; Waldrep, Staci; Gaus, Mark D. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Children in the United States are less active and more overweight today than at any time in history, and there has been a dramatic increase in obesity. Obesity can lead to physical and psychological health issues. Many adults recognize the health issues that can stem from childhood obesity, but may not be aware of the clear implication of the…
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Children
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Park, Boyoung – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
What are the characteristics of programs that have the greatest likelihood of success in promoting the development of very young children at risk? This brief review of research offers insights for policy makers and early childhood educators alike. The United States is fortunate to have well-designed early educational intervention programs that may…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, At Risk Persons, Early Intervention
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Cheshire, Nancy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Through the years, educational systems in the United States have experienced great change. The one-room schoolhouse is now uncommon, but in years past it was the norm. Changes in society have brought about demands for early care and education systems that were not needed or provided as recently as 100 or even 20 years ago. Families today need and…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Infants, Preschool Education, Caregiver Child Relationship
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Jambor, Tom – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Discusses the role of school recess periods in children's social development and academic achievement. Also examines changing attitudes toward the use of recess periods in the United States and other nations, and presents strategies for classroom teachers to use in advocating school recess periods in their schools and communities. (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Advocacy, Early Childhood Education, Educational Attitudes