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Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929610297
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2003
  • Series: Redleaf Press Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 133,285
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than 30 years, Margie Carter has worked in the early childhood field including positions as a preschool teacher, child care director, and college instructor. She and Deb Curtis have coauthored seven books, including Designs for Living and Learning. They speak to and consult with child care organizations across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Laying a Foundation for Living and Learning 11
Chapter 2 Creating Connections and a Sense of Belonging 21
Chapter 3 Keeping Space Flexible and Materials Open-Ended 55
Chapter 4 Designing Natural Environments That Engage Our Senses 93
Chapter 5 Provoking Wonder, Curiosity, and Intellectual Engagement 121
Chapter 6 Engaging Children in Symbolic Representation, Literacy, and the Visual Arts 149
Chapter 7 Enhancing Children's Use of the Environment 177
Chapter 8 Facing Barriers and Negotiating Change 191
Appendix A Resources 209
Appendix B Tools for Assessing Your Environment 223
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