Early Learning Environments That Work

Early Learning Environments That Work

by Christy Isbell, Betty Exelby, Gary Exelby
     
 

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The classroom environment is a vital part of a child's learning experience. Early Learning Environments that Work! explores how you can manipulate furniture, color, materials, storage, lighting, and more to encourage learning through classroom arrangement. Spaces and activity centers that support children's independence and decision-making allow them to make

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The classroom environment is a vital part of a child's learning experience. Early Learning Environments that Work! explores how you can manipulate furniture, color, materials, storage, lighting, and more to encourage learning through classroom arrangement. Spaces and activity centers that support children's independence and decision-making allow them to make the environment their own. Each chapter gives you detailed illustrations and photographs to help you set up or arrange what you already have in the classroom.

Dr. Rebecca Isbell is Director of Tennessee's Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and a Professor at East Tennessee State University. Her best-selling books from Gryphon House include Tell It Again!, Tell It Again 2!, and The Complete Learning Center Book.

This is Betty Exelby's first book for Gryphon House. She lives in Canada.

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"This welcome book summarizes everything we have known about designing environments for young children and adds newer inspiration from Reggio Emilia classrooms. Everything we are learning from brain research and child development study underscores the importance of an environment with which children can interact, and the importance of teachers in designing that environment. This will be one of the essential books on the early educator's bookshelf." - Gwen Morgan, Center for Career Development, Wheelock College

"Early Learning Environments that Work is a great addition to the resources currently available to teachers and directors trying to put together quality environments that support children' s development. Filled with practical ideas and pictures and grounded in an understanding of emergent curriculum, this is book that will be put to use right away." - Jim Greenman, author

"Wonderful ideas & images that encourage children and teachers to watch, wait & wonder! Early Learning Environments that Work!incorporates the best of all the environmental adaptations available in our field." - Diane Umstead, Program Manager, Child Care Aware

Children's Literature
Two of the most important elements in early childhood learning are a loving, caring teacher and an environment that matches the curiosity and development of the child. Gone are the days when young children spent the first four years of their life in a 48-inch square portable playpen. An effective early childhood program must incorporate learning centers, projects and thematic approaches in order to stimulate the brain of the young child. The authors have presented the reader with their findings concerning early childhood learning as a result of extensive travel abroad, particularly in Italy. The book addresses the four Ws of journalism by giving us the who, why, when, where and how of early learning environments in an-easy-to follow guidebook. Supply lists, diagrams and explanations of unfamiliar terms help the teacher to make these environment changes at a nominal cost. An index is included. However, the reader will notice the absence of any color pictures in this guidebook. 2001, Gryphon House, $24.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer: Joyce Rice

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876592564
Publisher:
Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
790,666
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Christy Isbell, Ph.D., is the Program Director and Associate Professor for the Occupational Therapy Program at Milligan College in Tennessee. She teaches child development, human development, and pediatric therapy courses for the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program. Additionally, Dr. Isbell is Board Certified in Pediatrics and maintains specialty training in sensory integration and neuro-developmental treatment techniques.

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