Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments


By (author) Margie Carter, By (author) Deb Curtis

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  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 277mm x 20mm | 1,157g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2014
  • Publication City/Country: St Paul, MN
  • ISBN 10: 1605543721
  • ISBN 13: 9781605543727
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 59,389

Product description

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 favourite resource among educators and caregivers for more than a decade, and this new edition is packed with even more fresh 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 colourful 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 the early childhood field, such as the use of recycled and non-traditional 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 another offering examples of soliciting children's ideas about the environment.

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Author information

Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are internationally acclaimed experts in early childhood and co-authors of many books.

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"Margie and Deb have done a phenomenal job of revising "Designs for Living and Learning" to ensure that the culturally relevant environments being created by paradigm shifting early childhood programs are highlighted. However, the power of their work is not in merely capturing the images that captivate our senses, but rather it is in providing us a window into the intentionality behind these images. It is far too easy to create an environment that is beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, it is harder to create an environment that reflects the unique culture of your early childhood community, one that builds connections for children, strengthens parents understandings of their child's development and pushes the field of Early childhood education forward. Carter and Curtis have not only achieved this balance, they have also made the information accessible through imagery that touches our soul. When we at the Paradigm Project are working to help programs deepen their practice and create environments that draw upon the richness of a school's unique community, we find Designs for Living and Learning to be a "go to" resource for us, one that can live on for the teachers and Directors after we leave the school."-Peter Blair, The Paradigm Project Founding Partner, ECE change agent, Lifelong learner and Associate Executive Director Harry and Rose Samson JCC of Milwaukee