You likely have dreams for your early childhood environment that are greater than rating scales, regulations, and room arrangements. Designs for Living and Learning has been a favorite resource among educators and caregivers for more than a decade, and this new edition is packed with even more ideas that can be used as you create captivating environments that nurture children, families, and staff while supporting children's learning. With hundreds of all-new colorful photographs of real early learning settings and a multitude of simple and practical concepts for creative indoor and outdoor spaces and learning materials, this book truly is a source of inspiration as you learn how to shape welcoming spaces where children can learn and grow. Expanded chapters include new information reflecting current trends and concerns in early childhood, such as the use of repurposed and nontraditional materials, children in the outdoors, alternative ways to think about providing for learning outcomes, facing and overcoming barriers and negotiating change, and the impact of environmental rating scales in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Two new chapters are included, one highlighting the transformations of environments with before and after photos and outlines of the process, and the other with examples of soliciting children's ideas about the environment. Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are internationally acclaimed experts in early childhood. They host three-day institutes and professional development seminars for early childhood professionals; consult with early childhood programs across North America, Australia, and New Zealand; and have written many books together.
Updated with new photographs and fresh content, a top-selling reference for early-childhood-development professionals shares inspirational ideas for staging nurturing learning environments and includes suggestions for using repurposed materials. Original. 15,000 first printing.
Learning to closely observe children requires commitment to systematic study and ongoing practice. With activities, experiences, and stories, this book provides that opportunity. Nine observation study sessions help educators of young children discover the many ways that being observant can enhance their teaching. Updates to this second edition reflect current issues in early childhood education, including learning standards, assessment, and technology. Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are popular presenters at early childhood conferences, professional development speakers, and on-site consultants. They have written several books together, including Learning Together with Young Children and Designs for Living and Learning.
The authors explain that the key to observing children is to know that observation is more than just a teaching technique. Observing children closely provides a new way of thinking about learning and teaching.
"This book is for anyone responsible for staff development or for those interested in training as the next step in their career path. These pages contain a bounty of thought-provoking ideas and strategies - ones that again and again have been useful in our twenty-some years of training teachers. But rather than listing step by step instructions for tried and true recipes, the book offers a fresh look and descriptions of the ingredients for effective teaching." - page xi.