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Sánchez, Claudia; Walsh, Bridget – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The field of early childhood education supports the notions that early childhood programs need the active support of families and that the school and the home are the most critical environments impacting children's development (Mart, Dusenbury, & Weissberg, 2011). The vast majority of state standards do not align with family involvement…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Guidelines
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McCrary, Donna; Brown, David L.; Dyer-Sennette, Jennifer; Morton, Tami – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The brief description of a real child presented in this article highlights some of the obstacles faced by many children in the United States today, particularly those who come from low-income homes. There is an increasingly large chasm between the number of children who are on target for success in school and those who need extra help to close…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Performance Based Assessment, Early Intervention, Socioeconomic Background
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Krisell, Meredith; Counsell, Shelly – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The brain is a complex organ with an intellectual capacity that is unique to humans. For educators, it is wise to study the brain's many attributes and how it functions to help guide, inform, and improve teaching practice. Learners' brains are particularly sensitive to certain kinds of stimuli--that is social, physical, cognitive, and emotional…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Reading Processes, Cognitive Processes, Grammar
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Kim, Kyoung Jin; Wee, Su-Jeong; Gilbert, Beverly Boals – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Among various benefits of art for young children, this article highlights the emotional development aspect, specifically boosting self-confidence through art activities. The definition of self-confidence as having trust in one's self, clear knowledge of one's strengths and limitations, and assurance of one's ability to handle a variety of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Art Activities, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Elsenman, Gordon; Harper, Rebecca – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
The focus and goal of classroom management should be first and foremost learning. When trying to prevent interruptions to learning, or dealing with interruptions to learning when they occur, teachers need to move beyond simply imposing a consequence and assuming students have learned from the interaction. Students need to be taught the skills and…
Descriptors: Bibliotherapy, Classroom Techniques, Childrens Literature, Group Instruction
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Kim, Soonhyang; Plotka, Raquel – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
Early childhood teachers play a key role in addressing the needs of young English Language Learners, and a vast body of research is dedicated to assessing best practices for teachers. However, less research addressing the role of policymakers, program directors and administrators is available. Although teachers can make a difference in the lives…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Misconceptions
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Prieto, Linda; Cervantes, Marco – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
The authors share how to develop active, stimulating learning environments with a focus on culturally relevant music for young Latin@ children. They provide a backdrop for this article by sharing the role of música (music) in their own lives as children, educators, and for one of them as an artist and the other as a parent of a now five-year-old.…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Culturally Relevant Education, Music Activities, Teaching Methods
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Vera, Debbie; Castilleja Trejo, Michelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
With the increased accountability of early childhood programs and the need to carefully document each assessment, teachers need to explore videotaping to enhance observational assessments. Observing children continues to be an effective method for understanding the uniqueness of each child's development. In this article, the authors present a case…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Observation, Student Evaluation, Early Childhood Education
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Barbee, Ellie Ketchem; Correa, Vivian I.; Baughan, Cynthia C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
Early childhood professionals can provide services and effective support to assist military families with healthy coping and functioning before, during, and after deployment. The purpose of this article is to examine what is known about the effects of stressors associated with the military lifestyle and how they impact returning military members,…
Descriptors: Military Service, Military Personnel, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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Csaszar, Imre Emeric; Buchanan, Teresa – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Early childhood teachers can be relaxed and peaceful as they create playful and harmonious classrooms, even if they work in stressful contexts. However, the stressors faced by teachers may lead to negative consequences that can undermine their ability to sustain personal health and positive interactions. In the absence of positive coping…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Stress Management, Relaxation Training
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DeMeulenaere, Michelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
In this article, Michelle DeMeulenaere discusses social/emotional learning (SEL), with a focus on helping preschool children gain knowledge about feelings and getting along with others. SEL is the process in which children are able to acknowledge and recognize the emotions of others, develop empathy, make good decisions, establish friendships, and…
Descriptors: Socialization, Emotional Development, Social Development, Preschool Children
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Salinas-Gonzalez, Irasema; Arreguin-Anderson, Maria G.; Alanís, Iliana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
This article focuses on biliteracy development of English and Spanish through the practical strategy of systematically labeling the classroom within the context of daily classroom activities and providing children with various opportunities to use the words throughout the day. Using the foundational work related to classroom labels from Pinnell…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Spanish Speaking, English Language Learners, Language Usage
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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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Crow, René; Cooper, Mark; Dallas, Jamie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Teachers of students with chronic challenging behaviors need relief, and they need it quickly. While they may appreciate the sympathy of others, what they really need is some genuine help. Challenging children can make a teacher's day difficult. In this article, the authors share some strategies that can provide "emergency relief" to…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Bauml, Michelle; Mongan, Katherine – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Early childhood educators have a responsibility to foster healthy relationships as well as appreciation and acceptance for diversity through culturally relevant teaching in their classrooms. Culturally relevant teaching, a term that has been written about extensively (e.g., Gay, 2010; Ladson-Billings, 2009; Nieto, 2010) involves intentionally…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education
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