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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.
|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 B||Tools for Assessing Your Environment||223|