Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments
Give children wondrous places to learn and grow! Drawing inspiration from a variety of approaches--from Waldorf to Montessori to Reggio to Greenman, Prescott, and Olds--the authors outline hundreds of ways to create healthy and inviting physical, social, and emotional environments for children in child care. Full-color photographs of actual early childhood programs demonstrate that the spaces children learn and grow in can be comfortable for children, teachers, and parents alike.
Margie Carter serves on the adjunct faculty at Pacific Oaks College Northwest, Seattle, Washington. Deb Curtis works as a child care teacher at the Burlington Little School in Seattle. Their other books include The Art of Awareness, The Visionary Director, Training Teachers, Spreading the News, and Reflecting Children's Lives.
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Burlington Little School, Burlington, Washington To avoid clutter while inviting
exploration of loose parts, the teacher at this school stores them in flat baskets
that are similar in construction and color. Objects of similar colors or shapes are ...
Put smaller collections of rocks, feathers, leaves, pinecones, bird nests, and dried
herbs in baskets around the building; use good judgment with safety concerns in
mind. Young children also love coffee-table books and calendars with photos ...
Purchased at a thrift store, the materials and utensils are placed on trays and flat
baskets to invite focus. One tray has a wooden bowl filled with cocoa powder.
The powder can be scooped and transported to fill a double ceramic container
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Laying a Foundation for Living and Learning
Creating Connections and a Sense of Belonging
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