Creating Environments for Learning: Birth to Age Eight (with MyEducationLab)

Creating Environments for Learning: Birth to Age Eight (with MyEducationLab)

by Julie Bullard
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0136101038
ISBN-13:
9780136101031
Pub. Date:
02/25/2009
Publisher:
Pearson

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Creating Environments for Learning: Birth to Age Eight (with MyEducationLab)

This is a must-have book for any college course or program that wants its teachers to know how to intentionally set up engaging and appropriately challenging early childhood learning environments and to understand the evidence and reasons for why they’re doing it. Covering each age group in early childhood-—and enhanced by colorful, unique photos and the online MyEducationLab with videos, accompanying questions, and exercises to deepen understanding—- this text is a powerful resource for today’s early childhood professionals.

Organized by chapters on centers, this text helps pre-service and practicing teachers learn to create, maintain, and enrich indoor and outdoor learning environments to support children’s development from birth to age 8. A key part of each chapter is the teacher’s role in scaffolding learning in the center. The book covers foundational information to keep in mind in classroom practice--developmental and learning theories, current research, curriculum standards and outcomes, children’s interests and their motivation to play, children’s diversity, assessment of learning, and evaluation of the environment. It also contains a wealth of practical ideas and tips, lists of materials, and engaging vignettes and examples from the author’s vast classroom experience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780136101031
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 02/25/2009
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Why is the environment important for children’s learning?

The environment and developmentally appropriate practice

Reducing behavioral issues through environmental design

Theorists and approaches supporting the importance of the environment

Guidelines for creating effective learning environments: Role of the teacher

Sample Application Activities

CHAPTER 2: ESTABLISHING AN EMOTIONALLY SUPPORTIVE AND EQUITABLE ENVIRONMENT

Circle of Courage: Defining an emotional supportive, equitable environment

Circle of Courage Foundations

The teacher's role in supporting the circle of courage

Sample Application Activities

CHAPTER 3: ESTABLISHING A CONTEXT FOR LEARNING: DESIGNING SCHEDULES, TRANSITIONS, GROUPINGS, AND ASSESSMENTS

Schedules: Structuring Time

Designing Effective Transitions

Planning Successful Groups

Assessing and Documenting Children's Learning

Sample Application Activities

CHAPTER 4: CREATING A HEALTHY, SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Preventing illness in early childhood settings

Safety in early childhood environments

Designing healthy, aesthetic bathrooms, diaper changing stations, and sleeping areas

Sample Application Activities

CHAPTER 5: ARRANGING AN EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENT

Guidelines for Creating a Room with Learning Centers

Guidelines for Developing Effective Room Arrangements and Floor Plans Sample room arrangements

Furniture and Dividers

Storage

Sample Application Activities

CHAPTER 6: DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

Desired design outcomes

Design elements

Design palettes

Special design considerations

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 7: DEVELOPING LITERACY CENTERS

Stages of literacy development

How the literacy center enhances children's development

Designing an effective literacy center

Special considerations for infants and toddlers

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the literacy center

Literacy in the outdoors

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 8: DEVELOPING MANIPULATIVE AND SENSORY CENTERS

The manipulative center

Stages of fine motor development

How the manipulative center enhances children’s development

Designing an effective manipulative center

Appropriate materials for the manipulative area

Special considerations for infants and toddlers

Special considerations for older children

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the manipulative center

The sensory center

Designing an effective sensory center

Appropriate materials for the sensory center

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the sensory center

Special challenges in the manipulative and sensory center

Outdoor manipulative and sensory play

Sample Application Activities

CHAPTER 9: DEVELOPING SCIENCE CENTERS

History of science education

Children's development of scientific concepts

How the science center enhances children's development

Designing an effective science center

Science center environments that support children's learning

Special considerations for infants and toddlers

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the science center

Outdoor science centers Sample application activities

CHAPTER 10: DEVELOPING MATH CENTERS

How children learn math

How the math center enhances children's development

Designing an effective math center

Appropriate materials for the math center

Center materials relating to the math standards

Special considerations and materials for infants and toddlers

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the math center

Outdoor math centers

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 11: DEVELOPING BLOCK AND BUILDING CENTERS

History of Blocks

Stages of Block Building

How the block center enhances children's development

Designing an effective block center

Appropriate materials for the block center

Special considerations for infants and young toddlers

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the block center

Special challenges in the block area

Outdoor block and building centers

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 12: DEVELOPING DRAMATIC PLAY CENTERS

Development of dramatic play

How the dramatic play center enhances children's development

Designing an effective dramatic play center

Special considerations for infants and toddlers

Special considerations for school age (K-3) children

Changes to the dramatic play center

Prop boxes

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the dramatic play center

Special challenges in the dramatic play center

Outdoor dramatic play centers

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 13: DEVELOPING ART CENTERS

Approaches to art

Stages of art in the early childhood years

How the art center enhances children's development

Designing an effective art center

Art goals: Creating and appreciating art

Appropriate activities and materials for creating art

Special considerations and materials for infants and toddlers

Appropriate materials and activities for appreciating art

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the art center

Special challenges in the art area

Outdoor art centers

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 14: DEVELOPING MUSIC CENTERS

Development of music skills

How the music center enhances children's development

Designing the music center

Music standards

Appropriate materials for the music center

Special considerations for infants and toddlers

Teachers' facilitation of learning in the music center

Special challenges in the music center

Outdoor music centers

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 15: INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY

How the use of technology can enhance children's development

Using technology in the classroom

Technology activities to support the curriculum

Special considerations for infants and toddlers

Teachers’ facilitation of learning through technology

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 16: SPECIAL INTEREST CENTERS

Centers to support theme and project-based learning

Indoor physical or fitness center

Puppetry centers

Cooking and snack centers

Woodworking and carpentry centers

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 17: CREATING OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS

The value of outdoor play

Protecting children's right to play outdoors

History of playgrounds

Types of playgrounds

How playing in the outdoors enhances children’s development

Designing an effective outdoor environment

Designing playgrounds for specific age groups

Teachers’ facilitation of learning in the outdoor environment

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 18: CREATING SPACES FOR FAMILIES AND TEACHERS

Meeting the needs of families

Meeting the needs of staff

Sample application activities

CHAPTER 19: MEETING ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

Creating centers in small spaces

Free and inexpensive materials to assist a limited budget

Establishing an early childhood program in your home

Designing the afterschool space

Sample application activities

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