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Lowe, Kaye; Johnston, Cammie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Describes "reader response" teaching techniques to enhance young children's critical thinking skills, build a sound literacy foundation, and clarify the relationship between reading and writing. Provides examples of response logs/journal entries, aesthetic responses such as drawings and dramatic reenactments, and student discussions…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Early Childhood Education
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Somerindyke, Jennifer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Presents information on the legislative struggle surrounding the educational rights of children and their families who are homeless. Discusses the educational needs of homeless children. Maintains that educators can take a proactive stance to aid these children and their families, and to raise social awareness among all children and families in…
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Federal Legislation
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Wilt, Judith Vander – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes how educators and families can foster children's sense of responsibility. Activities noted include interactions that support responsibility, such as asking questions that enable children to see some responsible choices; strategies that encourage learning, such as offering challenging, engaging learning opportunities in an interactive…
Descriptors: Child Responsibility, Educational Strategies, Incentives, Parent Child Relationship
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Adams, Thomasenia Lott; Adams, Diane; Harmon, Carlene; Reneke, Stephanie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Multiage grouping, based on the belief that children benefit from engaging in learning environments that accommodate at least two age groups, allows for marked improvements in children's enthusiasm for learning mathematics. Children are challenged and stimulated by their interactions with multiage peers, and assessment information indicates they…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills
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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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Mills, Heidi; Clyde, Jean Anne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
The story of a six-year-old boy's use of language, art, and mathematics is used to describe a mathematics literacy curriculum. Educators' current views about mathematical literacy are briefly discussed. (BB)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Case Studies, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students
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Eddowes, E. Anne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Reviews "Favorites, Friendships, Food, and Fantasy: Literature-Based Thematic Units for Early Primary" (A. Lukasevich and F. Pieronek), a two-volume publication that presents four literature-based thematic units for use in the language arts curriculum. The units are designed to be used sequentially in 12- or 15-day segments, and each lesson has 4…
Descriptors: Book Reviews, Childrens Literature, Elementary School Curriculum, Language Arts
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Hanson, Margo; Fields, Marjorie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Describes the strategies used in a program to enhance primary school students' perspective-taking. Suggests using I-messages to help children resolve conflicts, using active listening during sharing time, developing caring relationships, and providing opportunities for social interaction. (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Conflict Resolution, Listening Skills, Peer Relationship
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Barclay, Kathy; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Discusses how daily routines in early childhood and primary grade settings can assist young children's developing understanding of time. Notes adaptable activities, including tracking weather, keeping records, talking about activities, creating time lines, celebrating personal milestones, and recording events and changes. Lists ways to integrate…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation
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Bullock, Janis R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Describes the ways in which primary grade science teachers can use hands-on scientific activities to answer children's questions about science. In such activities, children discover and experiment with materials and objects to understand scientific ideas and processes. Suggests that teachers should encourage children's curiosity. (BB)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Electricity, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Clyde, Jean Anne; Mills, Heidi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Illustrates one seven-year-old boy's understanding of mathematical relationships through drawings of his favorite "superheroes." Also illustrates how he conveyed the qualities of his heroes by weaving together the three symbol systems of language, art, and mathematics. (BB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Freehand Drawing
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Clyde, Jean Anne; Mills, Heidi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Describes a seven-year-old boy's activity of drawing pictures of his favorite sport of basketball. The boy's drawing involved the use of proportional reasoning, which requires an understanding of how relationships between objects vary systematically. (BB)
Descriptors: Basketball, Childrens Art, Concept Formation, Elementary School Students
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Mills, Heidi; Clyde, Jean Anne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Profiles a very perceptive teacher of transition and first grade classes and three of his insightful students. The profile illustrates how mathematics is embedded in the activities of everyday life, including playground activities, and how teachers can help young children learn to think as mathematicians think. (BB)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Experiential Learning
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Wilson, Stephan M.; Wilson, Jeannette D. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Discusses parents' responses to open-ended questions about changes in early elementary programs initiated by the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Changes include ungraded primary programs and student progress reports to parents. (BB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary School Students
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Diffily, Deborah; Fleege, Pamela O. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Relates one kindergarten teacher's experiences while participating in a research project on the incorporation of portfolio assessments into student progress reports to parents. (BB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Child Development, Evaluation Methods
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