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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
Literature-rich interactions provide strategies that help emergent readers to develop knowledge about print, including the production and recognition of letters, and generate familiarity with the basic purposes and mechanisms of reading. Yet teacher understanding of these multiple dimensions of emergent literacy does not ensure that a child will…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Teacher Effectiveness, Familiarity, Specialists
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
Learning to display kindness and compassion for others is a critical and ongoing developmental process and an important part of young children's evolving social competence (Han and Kemple in "Early Child Educ J" 34(3):241-246, 2006; Moore in "Early Child Educ Today" 19(3):36-44, 2004). The capacity to care emanates from physical and psychological…
Descriptors: Young Children, Altruism, Child Development, Childrens Literature
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Zeece, Pauline Davey; Wallace, Betty Morgan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
Engaging young children in literacy activities at home is one way for families to augment and enrich the home literacy setting and to participate in their child's education at an early age (St. Pierre et al. in "Dev Psychol" 41(6): 953-970, 2005). Burgess et al. ("Read Res Quart" 4(4): 408-426, 2002) suggested that the resources families have at…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Role Models, Young Children, Emergent Literacy
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
Using an example of a toddler's developing understanding of an apple, this article illustrates how children integrate all elements in their interpersonal and built environments to support their emerging literacy skills. Otto (2007) and others provide evidence from emergent literacy research that documents observations and exploration by infants,…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Constructivism (Learning)
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
During early childhood, children adopt a design-based conception of books with increasing consistency. It is not clear if or how young children spontaneously identify the myriad of commercially produced, book-related props, toys, and other materials as support for their early literacy activities. Guidelines for evaluating these supplementary…
Descriptors: Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Childrens Literature
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
A wealth of research documents the reading preferences of young children. However, much less is known about children's actual agendas or reasons for using and experiencing books. This article proposes the simple ENGAGE process to help adults better understand what children believe is best about the books in their lives. Twelve books are reviewed…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Childrens Literature, Books, Student Attitudes
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
Adult read aloud book activities, including literature selections, have significant impact on children's language learning opportunities. The style in which books are orally shared with children is also important. Detailed examination of adult-child book reading conversations has demonstrated a variety of teaching and learning approaches in the…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Material Selection, Emergent Literacy
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Wells, Rachael; Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
This article explores how children can learn about environmental sciences through place-based education and children's literature. Recent studies suggest that there is a lack of environmental science knowledge among citizens of all ages. Scholars and educators recommend introducing young children to the places in which they live to create an…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Relevance (Education)
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
Social, political, and technological changes in the United States during the twentieth century have greatly increased the number of living grandparents potentially available to young children (Clingempeel et al., 1992). In 2000, one-third of American parents were baby boomers (Longeno & Earle, 1996). By 2030, this cohort of potential…
Descriptors: Young Children, Baby Boomers, Grandparents, Book Reviews
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2006
Current research on the foundations of emotional well-being reveals how significant adults can establish roots of happiness in children. Carter (2005) suggests that these roots can be nourished through positive thoughts and emotions; flow and fulfillment; and relating to others, especially through the use of emotional intelligence. Twenty-five…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Well Being, Adults, Interpersonal Relationship
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Zeece, Pauline Davey; Harris, Beatrice; Hayes, Noirin – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2006
Well-chosen and wisely shared literature facilitates transitions and builds bridges in the lives of young children. Literature links are discussed and books are reviewed for infant, toddler, preschool, and primary age children and transitional readers.
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Young Children, Childrens Literature, Reading Achievement
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2006
The National Reading Panel (NRP) issued a Congressional mandated report to identify key skills and methods related to the development of successful reading skills. One of the first of identified skills is phonemic awareness. This column addresses this area of reading instruction and provides suggestions for literature to be shared with young…
Descriptors: Phonemes, Reading Skills, Skill Development, Reading Instruction
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1997
Examines the enrichment of sharing literature with young children through storytelling. Presents guidelines for selecting stories for storytelling, including literary standards, characters, plot, setting, and themes. Makes suggestions for effective storytelling and discusses the importance of understanding the variation in children's listening…
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Early Childhood Education, Listening Skills
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Discusses the use of developmentally appropriate religion-based literature in early-childhood education to address children's inquiries about God and religion. Suggests that these literature experiences can extend children's knowledge base, cultivate their critical-thinking skills, and develop their tolerance for religion-based differences.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Critical Thinking, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education
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Zeece, Pauline Davey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
States that early-childhood professionals play an important role in connecting children to quality literature. Presents an overview of children's book awards and selection criteria. Includes strategies for using award-winning literature with young readers and listeners. (LBT)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Early Childhood Education, Literary Awards