You likely have dreams for your early childhood environment that are greater than rating scales, regulations, and room arrangements. Designs for Living and Learning has been a favorite resource among educators and caregivers for more than a decade, and this new edition is packed with even more ideas that can be used as you create captivating environments that nurture children, families, and staff while supporting children's learning. With hundreds of all-new colorful photographs of real early learning settings and a multitude of simple and practical concepts for creative indoor and outdoor spaces and learning materials, this book truly is a source of inspiration as you learn how to shape welcoming spaces where children can learn and grow. Expanded chapters include new information reflecting current trends and concerns in early childhood, such as the use of repurposed and nontraditional materials, children in the outdoors, alternative ways to think about providing for learning outcomes, facing and overcoming barriers and negotiating change, and the impact of environmental rating scales in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Two new chapters are included, one highlighting the transformations of environments with before and after photos and outlines of the process, and the other with examples of soliciting children's ideas about the environment. Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are internationally acclaimed experts in early childhood. They host three-day institutes and professional development seminars for early childhood professionals; consult with early childhood programs across North America, Australia, and New Zealand; and have written many books together.
The classroom environment is an essential component for maximizing learning experiences for young children. Inspiring Spaces for Young Children invites teachers to enhance children’s educational environment in a beautiful way by emphasizing aesthetic environmental qualities that are often overlooked in early childhood classrooms, such as nature, color, furnishings, textures, displays, lighting, and focal points. Step-by-step instructions and lush photographs take educators through the process of transforming ordinary classrooms into creative, beautiful learning spaces, providing children with an environment where they can learn and grow. With easy-to-implement ideas that incorporate nature, children’s artwork, and everyday classroom materials, the photographs and ideas in this book promote creativity, learning, and simple beauty.
Author: Eric Nelson
Publisher: Redleaf Press
Release Date: 2015-08-17
Create an outdoor learning program Transform outdoor spaces into learning environments where children can enjoy a full range of activities as they spend quality time in nature. This book is filled with guidance to help you plan, design, and create an outdoor learning program that is a rich, thoughtfully equipped, natural extension of your indoor curriculum. Loaded with practical and creative ideas, it also includes information to help you Understand how outdoor classrooms benefits children’s learning and development Collaborate with other teachers, administrators, and families to make your outdoor classroom a reality Create development and action plans to strategize and implement changes Evaluate your outdoor environment, program, and practices Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms promotes the idea that if you can do it indoors, you can probably do it outside as well. Eric Nelson is the founder and director of Child Care Planning Associates, the consulting and training division of the Child Educational Center, Caltech/JPL Community, which he established with his wife in 1979. Eric's consulting specialties include building and playground design and renovation, child care needs assessment and feasibility studies, development of employer-related child care, and staff training and development. Eric’s understanding of the value of the outdoors is grounded in a lifetime of hiking his beloved Sierra Nevada Mountains in California since he was a young child.
Explore how “big ideas” form the centerpiece for early childhood curriculum approaches that are responsive to and respectful of children's natural curiosity! To help you engage in constructivist practices with your preschool and primary grade students, Constructivism across the Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms bridges the gap between theory and practice by carefully outlining seven Big Ideas–light, balance, cause and effect, transformation, sound, zooming in and out, and upside down–that provide springboard to developing an effective interdisciplinary, child-centered curriculum. Filled with a goldmine of activities to spark student learning, children's literature references that extend student engagement, and classroom scenarios that demonstrate how real teachers have put constructivist theory into practice, Christine Chaille's book is the perfect professional development resource for early childhood teachers. Meet classroom goals and implement a fresh curriculum: Learn the foundational theory and practice of constructivism and early childhood approaches inspired by Reggio Emilia. Implement ideas and strategies applicable to your class's immediate needs. Meet the realities of the classroom with practical resources and concrete examples depicting how to foster learning in young children. The big ideas teachers can't stop talking about! “[Christine] uses many examples of excellent activities and goes into great detailed explanation about how [the activities] are beneficial for students' learning and why. Her explanations are a wonderful way of getting down to the brass tacks for new teachers…It is refreshing to see such honesty and step-by-step instructions that new teachers need.” --Nancy B. Stewart, Early Childhood Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools, VA “The author's writing style is extremely engaging and effective…and I loved the idea of utilizing a curricular starting point, and demonstrating how the teacher branches off from that point. Having this personal example of a teacher's journey engages the reader, and facilitates connections to [our] own work.” --Johnna Darragh, Heartland Community College, IL
It's a common dilemma in early childhood classrooms: How to provide new, interesting experiences on a shoestring budget. Pulling from their decades of experience in classrooms, authors Shelley Nicholson, PhD, and Jessica Martinez offer low-cost ideas for gathering and creating rich explorations in learning centeres. Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers vividly describes the unique ways teachers can use found and recyclable materials to encourage cognitive development and creative exploration in young children. In addition to photographic examples, the book offers tips on how to source, select, and integrate materials into a center; how to get children started on using the materials; and how to scaffold learning with open-ended questions. These ideas are just the beginning. Once children's imaginations take off, they can use the materials in myriad ways.
An early childhood classroom should reinforce and enhance young children’s sense of belonging and connection to their environment, each other, their families, and their community. Rethinking the Classroom Landscape invites educators and administrators to rethink the traditional classroom, with inspirational examples showing how to weave elements that reflect each center’s community into the classroom design. Colorful photos show what teachers can do to encourage a sense of community unique to each classroom. Easy-to-implement ideas and strategies are based on five guideposts that help educators create early childhood environments that vividly connect children, adults, and the surrounding community. These community environments include connections to past and present, geography, typography, flora, and fauna. - See more at: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/rethinking-the-classroom-landscape#sthash.BhcX32UN.dpuf
Use the updated activities, examples, and research to improve your anti-bias and multicultural education programs. This clear and practical guide includes expanded information on English language learners, family engagement, culturally responsive teaching, and staff training. Stacey York teaches child development at Rochester Community and Technical College and established E-LECT, a collaborative effort between thirteen Minnesota community and technical colleges to provide e-learning for early childhood teachers.