Designs for Living and Learning, Second Edition

Transforming Early Childhood Environments

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Author: Deb Curtis,Margie Carter

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605543721

Category: Education

Page: 360

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The best-selling source of inspiration for early childhood professionals designing learning environments; updated with all new photographs and fresh content

Designs for Living and Learning, Second Edition

Transforming Early Childhood Environments

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Author: Deb Curtis,Margie Carter

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 160554373X

Category: Education

Page: 360

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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.

Learning Together with Young Children

A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers

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Author: Deb Curtis,Margie Carter

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1929610971

Category: Education

Page: 240

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Provides early childhood teachers a framework for collaborating with children to create a dynamic, emergent curriculum.

The Art of Awareness, Second Edition

How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching

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Author: Deb Curtis,Margie Carter

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605540862

Category: Education

Page: 232

View: 9643

Become a keen observer to better learn about child development, find curriculum ideas, and meet requirements when assessing outcomes.

Early Learning Environments that Work

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Author: Rebecca T. Isbell,Betty Exelby

Publisher: Gryphon House, Inc.

ISBN: 0876592566

Category: Education

Page: 191

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Children get the most out of a learning experience by the environment that is created in the classroom

Real Classroom Makeovers

Practical Ideas for Early Childhood Classrooms

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Author: Rebecca Isbell,Pamela Evanshen

Publisher: Gryphon House, Inc.

ISBN: 0876593783

Category: Education

Page: 156

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Learning environments are an important topic as more and more teachers try to make their classrooms into places that support and inspire learning. Using “before” and “after” pictures of real early childhood classrooms, Real Classroom Makeovers shows early childhood teachers step-by-step how small changes can transform their classrooms into wondrous environments for young children to learn and grow. With a budget-conscious focus, the book provides visual examples of dramatic changes that are possible in real preschool, Pre-K, and kindergarten classrooms. Most of the makeovers focus on a specific classroom area or learning center. Much more than a collection of before-and-after pictures, this book introduces and describes the philosophy behind creative learning environments based on current early childhood education research. Written in simple, down-to-earth language, this book is accessible for all educators! Rebecca Isbell, PhD, is director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development and a distinguished professor for teaching at East Tennessee State University. A sought-after speaker for early childhood conferences, she has authored several best-selling books for educators. Pamela Evanshen, PhD, holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership and policy analysis and is currently an associate professor and program coordinator for the early childhood program in the Human Development and Learning department at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The Hidden History of Early Childhood Education

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Author: Blythe Farb Hinitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136707077

Category: Education

Page: 299

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The Hidden History of Early Childhood Education provides an understandable and manageable exploration of the history of early childhood education in the United States. Covering historical, philosophical, and sociological underpinnings that reach from the 1800s to today, contributors explore groups and topics that have traditionally been marginalized or ignored in early childhood education literature. Chapters include topics such as home-schooling, early childhood education in Japanese-American internment camps, James "Jimmy" Hymes, the Eisenhower legacy, Constance Kamii, and African-American leaders of the field. This engaging book examines a range of new primary sources to be shared with the field for the first time, including personal narratives, interviews, and letters. The Hidden History of Early Childhood Education is a valuable resource for every early childhood education scholar, student, and practitioner.

Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhood Education

Integrating Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches

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Author: Ann Lewin-Benham

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807771392

Category: Education

Page: 225

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Popular author Ann Lewin-Benham draws on her experience with the Reggio Approach to present 12 "best practices" inspired not only by Reggio, but also by play-based and Montessori approaches to early childhood education. These practices are demonstrated, one per chapter, with scenarios from classrooms, dialogues of children and teachers, and work samples showing the outcome of using each practice. This resource includes a self-assessment tool to assist you in examining your practices and those of your school.

Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms

Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments

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Author: Eric Nelson

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605544205

Category: Education

Page: 224

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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.

Pedagogy and Space

Design Inspirations for Early Childhood Classrooms

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Author: Linda Zane

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605543586

Category: Education

Page: 128

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Blending architectural design and developmentally appropriate early childhood environments, this book is a source of inspiration

Child Care Design Guide

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Author: Anita Rui Olds

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780070474499

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

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A-Z's for designing superior day care facilities Virtually unknown 30 years ago, daycare has become a growth industry. Child Care Design Guide helps architects and designers plan, design, and renovate functional, developmentally rich, pleasing centers. Author Anita Rui Olds brings to this work over 25 years of design experience with children's facilities. She gives you step-by-step explanations of interior and exterior layout and design principles fleshed out in clarifying case studies. You learn about licensing and code requirements, operational standards and strategies, and get helpful checklists, charts and graphs for optimum facility design within time, space, and budgetary constraints. This highly visual work features over 300 floor plans for infant and toddler, preschool, and afterschool spaces, plus areas for outdoor play and more.

Inspiring Spaces for Young Children

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Author: Jessica DeViney,Sandra Duncan,Sara Harris,Mary Ann Rody,Lois Rosenberry

Publisher: Gryphon House, Inc.

ISBN: 0876595530

Category: Education

Page: 240

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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.

Developmentally Appropriate Play

Guiding Young Children to a Higher Level

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Author: Gaye Gronlund

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605540374

Category: Education

Page: 240

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Help children participate in purposeful play to promote the development of a number of important skills.

Training Teachers

A Harvest of Theory and Practice

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Author: Margie Carter,Debbie Curtis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780934140829

Category: Education

Page: 274

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"This book is for anyone responsible for staff development or for those interested in training as the next step in their career path. These pages contain a bounty of thought-provoking ideas and strategies - ones that again and again have been useful in our twenty-some years of training teachers. But rather than listing step by step instructions for tried and true recipes, the book offers a fresh look and descriptions of the ingredients for effective teaching." - page xi.

Caring Spaces, Learning Places

Children's Environments that Work

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Author: James T. Greenman

Publisher: Ingram

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

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"Children deserve to spend their days in well-designed environments that support their needs and stimulate their learning. Adults who spend their days teaching and caring for young children deserve environments that maximize their skills. Caring Spaces, Learning Places is a book of ideas, observations, problems, solutions, examples, resources, photographs, and poetry. Here you will find best of current thinking about children's environments - 360 pages to challenge you, stimulate you, inspire you." - product description.

Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood

Sharing Children s Learning and Teachers' Thinking

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Author: Susan Stacey

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605543926

Category: Education

Page: 144

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An inspiring step-by-step guide to documenting children's ideas, questions, and learning in a way that enhances teacher's thinking and understanding

Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education, Second Edition

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Author: Beverlie Dietze,Diane Kashin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780134639277

Category:

Page: 528

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Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education supports early childhood education students, practitioners, and primary educators to engage in the exploration of the theoretical framework of play, characteristics of play, the environmental and cultural factors that influence play, and the application of developmentally appropriate play practices. Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education is grounded in sharing new research, practices, and ways of knowing about play and its contributions it makes to the lives of children and how play sets the foundation for later academic and life dispositions. This new edition reinforces how play prepares children to develop the critical thinking, problem solving, their desire to be curious, and creative expression that facilitates their communication skills, ability to embrace place, community, their culture, and diversity amongst peers. These skills form the foundation for the 21st century skills needed that focus on STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Thinking Critically About Environments for Young Children

Bridging Theory & Practice

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Author: Lisa P. Kuh

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807773085

Category: Education

Page: 207

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Using a practice-based focus and a researcher lens, the contributors consider the ways in which environments for children enhance or diminish educational experiences, how social constructs about what is good for children influence environmental design, and what practitioners can do in their own work when creating learning environments for young children. There are copious examples from practice, lessons learned, and illustrations and photographs of key aspects of the environments they discuss. Organized into three parts, this essential text addresses: Aesthetics, politics, and space configurations in school environments for young children. Outdoor spaces, beginning with intentionally designed playscapes, children’s gardens, and spontaneous improvisational play venues. The role of environments outside school, including informal learning environments that promote science knowledge, museum spaces, and virtual environments. “Through rich examples and clear explanations of the historical, political, and aesthetic dimensions of design, [Kuh and her colleagues] help us think critically about environments and provide theoretical and practical tools to support our efforts.” —Benjamin Mardell, professor, Early Childhood Education, Lesley University. “An enlightening book that gives educators new lenses for thinking about and creating the kinds of places that can optimize children’s growth and learning, especially in this era of standardization. Educators need this book!” —Nancy Carlsson-Paige, professor emerita, Lesley University “For everyone who wants to take educational settings beyond minimal standards, this collection is a thoughtful and inspiring guide.” —Louise Chawla, professor, Environmental Design Program, University of Colorado, Boulder

Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings

From Theory to Practice, Second Edition

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Author: Susan Stacey

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605545848

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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Develop a curriculum inspired by children's emerging interests. Create an environment where children learn through play, inquiry, and exploration. This book explores the components of emergent curriculum and how its practices can improve the educational culture of early childhood programs. The updated edition includes new information on exploration of inquiry-based practice; reexamination of circle time and scripts for routines; expansion of invitations, including invitations for children learning a second language; new photos and documentation, and inclusion of Reggio Emilia. Susan Stacey has worked in the field of early childhood for over thirty-five years, as an early childhood educator, director, and practicum advisor. She obtained her Master's degree at Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, California. Stacey frequently presents across North America about emergent curriculum, reflective and responsive practices, inquiry, documentation, and the role of the arts in early childhood education. She teaches adult early childhood education students at the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education, and belongs to several professional organizations such as National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Canadian Childcare Federation. Stacey has presented frequently at NAEYC conferences, and has been published in Young Children, Young Exceptional Children, and Exchange. Her books with Redleaf include Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings, The Unscripted Classroom, and Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood.