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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Rethinking Field Trips: Venturing Out to Foster Meaningful Learning

Knowing that local field trips are a source of curriculum in early childhood education, two teachers venture to a theater with their class, then engage in a project about storytelling, performance, and stages.

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Authored by: Lynette Bagwell Betsy Cahill
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Sparking Creativity with Cross-Area Play

Cross-area play is rooted in the idea that when children are given the freedom to experiment with materials in open-ended ways, their play can transform into elaborate, complex plots and offer rich developmental opportunities.

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Authored by: Lydia Minahan Jessica Byrd Sarah Dwyer Sandra Romp Layney Viets Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Exploring Nature Indoors with Observational Drawing and Scientific Thinking

One valuable way we can support children’s exploration of nature is by teaching them how to observe carefully and create observational drawings, which encourage children to understand and question their world.

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Authored by: Kendra Nenia Melissa Clucas Walter
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Young Children
September 1, 2021

Rocking and Rolling. Reading Aloud with Infants and Toddlers

Reading aloud helps develop essential competencies that infants and toddlers will need to become skilled readers later on, including vocabulary knowledge and world knowledge.

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Authored by: Kathy Kinsner Rebecca Parlakian
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Young Children
September 1, 2021

Intentional Teaching Moments: Supporting Executive Function Development and Early Mathematics Through a Geometry Activity

Enhanced by math activities, higher-order mental skills and abilities serve as the behind-the-scenes machinery that facilitates young children’s ability to engage in and demonstrate their learning competency.

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Authored by: Holland W. Banse Douglas H. Clements Julie Sarama Crystal Day-Hess Marisa Simoni Candace Joswick
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Young Children
Vol. 76, No. 3
September 1, 2021

Fall 2021

Supporting Literacy Through Engaging Instruction & Materials
The Fall 2021 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles offering a variety of practices and materials to help early childhood educators foster a love of literacy and support early reading, writing, listening, and speaking development.
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Article
Young Children
June 1, 2021

What Are You Thinking? Scaffolding Thinking to Promote Learning

Classrooms that incorporate child-directed experiences offer many opportunities for children to uncover their ideas, to generate questions, and to construct their own knowledge.

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Authored by: Angela K. Salmon María Ximena Barrera
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Issue
Young Children
Vol. 76, No. 2
June 1, 2021

Summer 2021

Nurturing Equity Leaders: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be
The Summer 2021 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles drawing on the upcoming NAEYC book, Advancing Equity and Embracing Diversity in Early Childhood Education: Elevating Voices and Actions.
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Young Children
May 1, 2017

El caso de la ciencia del cerebro y el juego guiado: una historia en desarrollo

En particular, el juego libre y el juego guiado, conocidos en conjunto como aprendizaje lúdico, son herramientas pedagógicas a través de las cuales los niños pueden aprender de manera alegre y relevante.

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Authored by: Brenna Hassinger-Das Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
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Young Children
May 1, 2017

脑科学和引导式游戏的案例:正在发生的故事 The Case of Brain Science and Guided Play: A Developing Story

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Brenna Hassinger-Das Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2021

Reflecting on the Fish Tank: Using the Project Approach to Make Connections

Using a fish tank as a project is a great way for teachers to provoke children’s thought, to engage them in the process of representing their learning, and to support their reflections.

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Authored by: Andrea Anderson Jennifer Klutz Cindy G. McGaha
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Higher-Order Thinking Bundle (On Demand)

Make your teaching more intentional and engaging with this collection of higher-order thinking modules that brings together three of NAEYC’s popular modules into one convenient package.
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Teaching Young Children
January 4, 2021

Message in a Backpack ™ Developing Your Preschooler’s Spatial Thinking

Research suggests that preschoolers’ early mathematics learning—including spatial-thinking skills—is related to later success in both reading and math. Here are some tips for supporting your preschooler’s spatial thinking!

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Authored by: Ashley Lewis Presser Jillian Orr Daglilar Mollie Levin
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Teaching Young Children
January 4, 2021

Navigating Spatial Learning with Preschoolers

Mathematics activities can contribute to later success in both math and reading, but activities focused on math and spatial learning can also be really fun and playful for young children—and for their teachers!

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Authored by: Ashley Lewis Presser Danae Kamdar Ximena Dominguez
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Issue
Young Children
Vol. 75, No. 5
November 18, 2020

December 2020

Knowledge-Rich Curriculum: Supporting Identity Development & Advancing Equity
The December issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles with perspectives on enriching curriculum by connecting lessons to children's social and cultural contexts.
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