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Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments Paperback – May 1, 2003
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This is not a curriculum book per se, although it certainly offers ideas and suggestions for activities, such as expanding the small block materials with drift wood, smooth stones, and other found materials. It is more about creating an aesthetically pleasing environment in which children can learn and grow AND be comfortable space for children, teachers, and parents alike.
A review of any available research on whether or not certain design schemes led to increased learning, decreased behavioral problems, more parental involvement would also have been nice. As it stands, this book is mainly a collection of lovely pictures, ideas, and anecdotal reports from fellow teachers that can inspire you to create a beautiful and comfortable environment for your students.
A caveat--many of the designs are lovely--hanging umbrellas from the ceiling, building indoor gazebos, hanging strings of lights, mirrored shelves and tables, etc.--but would never fly, at least in my state, with the fire marshall and early childhood safety inspectors. The book suggests that inspectors can be swayed by a good talking to about the importance of your indoor gazebo to your students' development, but this is not usually the case. I am not permitted, for example, to have paper or wood sticking out more than an inch from the wall, or use any extension cords, or hang anything from the ceiling, and I have a feeling other teachers might run into the same problems. Take the inspiration and run with it, but do so cautiously.
Overall, you'll be inspired to recreate your room from top to bottom. You won't be disappointed.
Personally I think teachers have gone over board by controlling the environments in their classrooms too much. Centers are a good example of this. I think the centers need to be there, but the boundaries need to be permeable. The kids should be able to take the blocks to the dress up area, the book center, the art center...any area they please really because you never know what they may be able to create.Read more ›
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I love getting my books before the semester starts & I did with this one. It was at my door four days after my order!!! AWESOME!Published 4 months ago by Cathy
Pages fell out as I read the book. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED. If I could grant a negative number of stars, I would.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a fantastic resource book on the designs of early childhood spaces. It was written in the 80s/90s but the knowledge and tips are still highly revelant for today's teachers,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vianney Hill
Bought this in college for one of my classes. Now that I graduated I still use it in my own classroom for my students.Published 13 months ago by LittleMermaid
Excellent text. Anyone who is involved in early Ed should have a copy! The pictures alone make it worth the $.Published 16 months ago by Jenni