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Young Children—the Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) ran a series of columns with contributions from NAECS-SDE members and other partners. Following are links to the “Beyond the Journal” archives of these articles:

  • November 2009 Young Children – Of Primary Interest. Read-Alouds with Critical Literacy Literature in K—3 Classrooms/Wendy B. Meller, Danielle Richardson, and J. Amos Hatch    View as PDF document
  • July 2009 Young Children – Of Primary Interest. Beyond the Fizz: Getting Children Excited about Doing Real Science/Steve Spangler                                                                                                                             View PDF document
  • March 2009 Young Children – Of Primary Interest. Teaching Math in the Primary Grades: The Learning Trajectories Approach/Julie Sarama and Douglas H. Clements View PDF document
  • November 2008 Young Children – Of Primary Interest. Social-Emotional Learning in the Primary Curriculum/Mary Mindess, Min-hua Chen, and Ronda Brenner View as PDF documenttext only
  • July 2008 Young Children – Of Primary Interest. Using Brain-Based Teaching Strategies to Create Environments That Address Learning Standards/ Pam Schiller and Clarissa A. Willis
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  • March 2008 Young Children – Of Primary Interest. Developing Self-Regulation in Kindergarten: Can We Keep All the Crickets in the Basket?/Elena Bodrova and Deborah J. Leong View as PDF | text only
  • November 2007 Young Children — Of Primary Interest. Fostering Positive Transitions for School Success /Jayma Ferguson McGann and Patricia Clark View as PDF | text only
  • July 2007 Young Children — Of Primary Interest. Centering Your Classroom: Setting the Stage for Engaged Learners /Gayle M. Stuber
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  • March 2007 Young Children — Of Primary Interest. Ready or Not, Here We Come: What It Means to Be a Ready School /Paula M. Dowker, with Lawrence J. Schweinhart and Marijata C. Daniel-Echols
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  • November 2006 Young Children Of Primary Interest. In Praise of Butterflies: Linking Self-Esteem and Learning/by Harriet A. Egertson
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Prior to NAECS-SDE's contributions to "Beyond the Journal,"  the Of Primary Interest newsletter was published by Association with the support of departments of education in the following states: Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont.  The newsletter has discontinued publication. However, these past issues of the newsletter are maintained on this Web site for archival purposes. 

Volume 9

Number 3, Summer 2002

  • Preschool to Kindergarten: A New Model for the Transition Process
  • Differentiation of Instruction in the Elementary Grades
  • The Importance of Reading and Writing in Grades K-3

Number 1 & 2, Winter & Spring 2002

  • Recess and the Importance of Play 

Volume 8

Number 4, Fall 2001

  • Maternal Education and Progress in Kindergarten

Number 3, Summer 2001

  • Developmentaly Appropriate Practices in Primary Education

Number 2, Spring 2001

  • Beating the Odds in Teaching All Children to Read
  • Fostering Thoughtful Literacy in Elementary Classrooms
  • Early Literacy:  What Should Young Children Know and Be Able to Do?

Number 1, Winter 2000

  • Early Childhood Programs:  Integral to School Reform 

Volume 7

Number 3 & 4, Summer & Fall 2000

  • STILL Unacceptable Trends in Kindergarten Entry and Placement 

Number 2, Spring 2000

  • Quality Child Care Affects Children's Success in Primary Grades
  • A Note on Social Promotion
  • Improving Children's Readiness for School:  How is Your State Doing?

Number 1, Winter 1999

  • Looping: Adding Time, Strengthening Relationships
  • Quality Preschool Child Care Impacts Second Grade Outcomes
  • Second-Grade Literacy Accomplishments

Volume 6

Number 1-4, 1998-1999

  • Effective First-Grade Teaching Methods
  • First-Grade Teachers Who Build Strong Readers and Writers
  • Assessing for Readiness?
  • First-Grade Literacy Accomplishments
  • Myths About Literacy Development
  • He Has A Summer Birthday:  The Kindergarten Entrance Age Dilema 
  • Grade Retention: A History of Failure
  • Third Grade Literacy Accomplishments
  • Update.  Retention in the Early Grades
  • NAEYC Professional Development
  • Colorado  State Board of Education
  • Retention in the Early Grades: A Review of Research
  • Retention in the Early Grades: Alternative Strategies

Volume 5

Numbers 1-4,  1997-1998

  • A Developmental Approach to Assessment of Young Children
  • The Grading Ritual: Unreliable and Unsuitable--But Unalterable?
  • An EVEN START Means Success in School
  • "Between a Rock and a Hard Place in the Primary Grades"
  • Ready or Not...Preparing Young Children for the {Kindergarten} Classroom
  • Ready Schools
  • Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
  • 100 Most Frequent Words in Books for Beginning Readers
  • Helping Children Learn About Reading
  • Examing the Transition into Kindergarten
  • Continuum of Children's Development...
  • Primary Level Literacy Education: Three Planning Models
  • Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades

Volume 4

Numbers 1- 4, 1996-1997

  • Starting Points for Implementing Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Primary Grades
  • The Influence of Child Care Quality on Kindergarten Success
  • Position Statement on Interdisciplinary Learning, Pre-K - Grade 4
  • Top 10 Signs of a Good Kindergarten Classroom
  • The Effects of Positive Transitions on Early Literacy
  • Transitions Affect Everyone
  • Does Class Size Make A Difference?
  • Worksheets in Kindergarten
  • Language-Rich Home and School Environments are Key to Reading Success
  • The Home-School Study of Language and Literacy Development
  • Physics for First-Graders
  • Helping Children Develop Oral-Language Skills

Volume 3

Numbers 1-4, 1995-1996

  • Manipulatives Are Not Enough: Necessary Conditions for Math/Science Concept Development
  • Total Quality Education
  • Implications of Understanding the Brain
  • Whole Language, Literacy Development, and Kindergarten
  • Adult Interactions
  • New Jersey Transition Project
  • Assessment Through Protfolios in the Primary Grades
  • Wanted: Advocates for Play in the Primary Grades
  • Inviting Help from Parents
  • Class-Size Effects in the Primary Grades: Research in Tennessee
  • Full-Day Kindergarten Proposed in Massachusetts
  • Multiyear Programs
  • Scaffolding in the Zone of Proximal Development


Volume 2

Numbers 1-4, 1994-1995

  • Standards of Quality for Primary Programs
  • Developmentally Appropriate Art Instruction
  • Readying Schools for Students
  • Constructing Curriculum
  • Transition to School
  • Perspectives on Quality
  • First Impressions / Primeras Impresiones
  • Texas' Strategies
  • The Colorado Quality Standards
  • Transition Activities Planning
  • Transitions: A Historical Perspective
  • Responding to Misinformation About Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Transitions: Current Recommendations
  • Readying Schools for Young Children
  • Zygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development
  • It's Elementary!

Volume 1

Numbers 1-4, 1993-1994

  • Recent Research Supports Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Primary Grades
  • Kentucky's Primary School Program
  • New Curriculum for the Primary Grades
  • Resources for Primary-grade Classroom Teachers
  • Authentic Assessment: The Case for Portfolios
  • Research in the Primary Grades Compares Practices with Beliefs
  • The Alaska Elementary Restructuring Network
  • Oregon's Non-Graded Primary
  • Linkages Between Head Start and the Primary Grades Advocated
  • Characteristics of Appropriate Primary Classrooms
  • Paradigm Shift Needed in Primary Classrooms
  • Constructivism in the Classroom
  • Shouldn't Preschool People Advocate for Better Elementary Schools, Too?
  • Ready or Not?  What Kindergarten Teachers Believe
  • National Education Goals: Planning for Readiness
  • Developmentally Appropriate and Intellectually Ambitious Primary Classrooms
  • Primary Grades Interest Group Mission Statement