From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
Julie Bullard is a professor and director of the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Montana-Western. During her thirty years in the early childhood field she has been a preschool and elementary teacher, child care director, Head Start administrator, and a teacher of adults receiving CDA’s, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood. Julie has had a passion for the importance of the early learning environment since completing coursework in architecture over thirty years ago. She also has a special interest in curricular standards and is involved on several state and national committees to develop and implement high standards using play-based curriculum. She is active on the National Association for Young Children (NAEYC) professional development panel and is a national reviewer of early childhood higher education programs. She also serves on an oversight committee for NAEYC/NCATE accreditation. Julie was recently appointed to serve on an NAEYC committee to revise the national early childhood higher education standards. She serves on the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education (NAECTE) national board and is also on the NCATE Board of Examiners. She has been involved in the development of the Montana early childhood knowledge base, infant-toddler guidelines, preschool guidelines, kindergarten standards, and early childhood and elementary higher education standards. Julie received her doctorate from Montana State University.