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Bell, Douglas D., Jr. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Observation is a useful tool, even in infant and toddler classrooms. Applied correctly, observation and assessment can help lay a foundation for a successful education throughout life. As appropriate practices are researched and policies change, teachers and caregivers of the youngest children (referred to as careteachers for this article) find…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Child Care, Observation
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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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Griebling, Susan; Jacobs, Jennifer; Kochanowski, Leslie; Vaughn, Lisa M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
While conducting a needs assessment for a large Midwestern social service organization, the authors asked 252 preschool children from six Head Start programs what they like best about school. They wanted to reveal how children perceived their school and what they liked best about school--more specifically, what were their favorite areas and…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Early Intervention, Disadvantaged Youth, Student Attitudes
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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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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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Cellitti, Anarella; Hastings, Rascheel – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Many new teachers are concerned with how to respond appropriately when preschoolers make statements that can be considered rude, hurtful, or socially inappropriate. This is particularly true for comments related to children with disabilities. New teachers are often afraid that negative and unkind comments will be made by young children in their…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Disabilities, Preschool Children, Inclusion
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Lentz, C. Lorelle; Seo, Kay Kyeong-Ju; Gruner, Bridget – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
The conversation about young children and their use of technology has dramatically changed over the past ten years in the early childhood education community and in the general public. It appears the debate has moved forward from the question posed by Vail (2001) in her article titled, "How Young Is Too Young? When It Comes to Computer Use,…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy
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Pillow-Price, Kathy; Yonts, Nikki; Stinson, Laura – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
While the idea of using a dog in the classroom at first seems unorthodox, the history of using animals in therapeutic settings is extensive. The first documented use of animals in a therapeutic setting was in a mental institution in England in 1792 (Levinson, 1969). In North America, dogs were first used in therapy in 1919 at St. Elizabeth's…
Descriptors: Animals, Therapy, Young Children, Preschool Children
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Towery, Pamela C.; Nix, Elizabeth S.; Norman, Bilinda – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Childhood overweight and obesity are major problems in the United States, with important consequences for our nation's health and economy. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, yet children, adolescents, and adults skip breakfast on a routine basis. This habit of breakfast skipping is related to weight gain, higher body…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Child Health, Eating Habits, Health Promotion
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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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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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Warner, Laverne; Wilmoth, Linda – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Mrs. Keenan, a preschool teacher, observed her 3-year-old granddaughter Riley pull, tug, and stack piles of holiday boxes on the floor. She remembered that her child care director had suggested using boxes as a curriculum theme, but she hadn't given much thought about the idea until now. She said to herself, "I wonder if my children would be as…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Learning Activities, Art Activities, Educational Games
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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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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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Riojas-Cortez, Mari – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2001
Describes a bilingual prekindergarten teacher's approach to oral language development with children who are Spanish-language dominant, considering the links between her approach and constructivist learning theory. Describes how children in the classroom interact socially with adults and peers to develop oral language skills. (JPB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
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