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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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Andrews, Nicole – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Blocks are not just for play! In this article, Nicole Andrews describes observing the interactions of three young boys enthusiastically engaged in the kindergarten block center of their classroom, using blocks in a building project that displayed their ability to use critical thinking skills, physics exploration, and the development of language…
Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Play, Interaction, Kindergarten
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McKenzie, Ellen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Kindergarten teachers use a variety of strategies that focus on vocabulary development. A common and effective practice to introduce new vocabulary to kindergarteners is reading storybooks to children, what is commonly known as "read-alouds" (Bus, van Ijzendoorn, & Pelligrini, 1995; Christ & Wang, 2010; Newton, Padak &…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Kindergarten, Young Children, Preschool Teachers
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Bowden, Shelly Hudson – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
In this article, Shelly Hudson Bowden, a kindergarten teacher for 14 years, offers her observations of peer-to-peer mentoring relationships among her kindergarten students that they formed and maintained. These mentoring relationships supported students' learning as they mentored one another in both "social" and "academic"…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Peer Counseling, Peer Groups, Mentors
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Baumgartner, Jennifer J.; DiCarlo, Cynthia F.; Apavaloaie, Loredana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood professionals are familiar with finding and appreciating daily moments of joy. Teachers smile inside and out when toddlers are able to pull up their own pants, preschoolers write their names for the first time, or kindergarteners figure out how to make complicated patterns with blocks. Working with young children can also be very…
Descriptors: Young Children, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Burnout, Teaching Conditions
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Alanis, Iliana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early education programs in the United States are experiencing an increase in the number of English learners and, consequently, an increase in dual-language programs that best serve the needs of these children. Dual-language programs enable children to communicate orally and in written forms in both their native languages and in English. This…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Language Skills
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Larson, Mark J.; Whitin, David J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Mathematical, scientific, and technological knowledge is critical for people in a 21st Century world that is dependent upon a global interconnectedness and a knowledge-based economy. This is the kind of knowledge that will power innovations and drive decision making in the years ahead. Schools are therefore being called upon to devise a…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction, Graphs, Mathematical Logic
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Lowery, Ruth McKoy; Sabis-Burns, Donna; Anderson-Brown, Shawn – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
This article discusses how Book buddy reading activities can help to develop interpersonal relationships between younger and older students, increase all children's reading levels and abilities, and foster their positive self-esteem and confidence. Teachers, families, and other caregivers often seek techniques to improve children's reading…
Descriptors: Reading, Learning Activities, Kindergarten, Grade 5
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Fox, Jill Englebright; Diffily, Deborah – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2001
Explores the visual arts as a means to develop skills and abilities across the curriculum and nurture aesthetic development. Considers benefits of art for socioemotional, psychomotor, and cognitive development; integration of art into the curriculum; and the role of adults, children's books, and the classroom for encouraging art appreciation.…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Art Expression
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Kraft-Sayre, Marcia E.; Pianta, Robert C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2001
Describes the Kindergarten Transition Project at the National Center for Early Development and Learning, a school-based program designed to enhance connections among children, teachers, families and peers during kindergarten transition. Discusses program activities intended to increase familiarity with elementary school, provide consistent…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Student Adjustment
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Hinnant, Hilari – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Describes the popularity of a first grader who is put back into a kindergarten class due to poor reading skills. Notes how the kindergartners consider the new boy a window onto the first grade and marvel at his skills in various classroom activities. Reflects on the lessons learned about the caring, safe environment of the classroom community.…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Grade Repetition, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children
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Durost, Dennis D.; Hutchinson, Sue L. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes the Keypal Project, a project in which e-mail was introduced in two kindergarten classes with the intent to enrich children's literacy and communication skills and foster long-distance relationships. Found the project had great learning potential and was easily incorporated into constructivist programs which emphasize active learning.…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education
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Gunnels, Jan Allison – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Provides an account of a kindergarten teacher's stumbling blocks in implementing an integrated thematic curriculum. Describes how the teacher met school system requirements and engaged children in an exciting and integrated learning experience by utilizing a mock campaign to elect a class pet while focusing on campaign and election processes.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elections
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Glanville, Liana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Describes the Environmental Buddies program designed to pair fourth-grade (mentors) and kindergarten (proteges) children to work on science investigations centered around ecological themes. Details program components, including the following: investigations that interest and challenge both ages, careful student pairing, emphasis on mutual benefits…
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Environmental Education
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Fox, Jill Englebright – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
An 11-week kindergarten observation determined students' concerns about dismissal routines and devised alternatives. Children's concerns focused on the school bus, restroom, materials (homework and missing personal items), and saying good-bye. An alternative routine includes nurturing children's independence; refining the curriculum, adjusting…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Full Day Half Day Schedules, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children
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