Photos of early childhood learning environments

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Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments by Debbie Curtis

Give children wondrous places to learn and grow! Drawing inspiration from a variety of approaches—from Waldorf to Montessori to Reggio to Greenman, Prescott, and Olds—the authors outline hundreds of ways to create healthy and inviting physical, social, and emotional environments for children in child care. Full-color photographs of actual early childhood programs demonstrate that the spaces children learn and grow in can be comfortable for children, teachers, and parents alike.

Margie Carter serves on the adjunct faculty at Pacific Oaks College Northwest, Seattle, Washington. Deb Curtis works as a child care teacher at the Burlington Little School in Seattle. Their other books include The Art of Awareness, The Visionary Director, Training Teachers, Spreading the News, and Reflecting Children’s Lives.
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Powerful Learning Environments

Early Childhood

Young children are affected by their surroundings. The use of space, furnishings, materials, the daily schedule, and how adults communicate rules and expectations are all important features that influence the teaching and learning process. The learning environment is a critical factor and can be intentionally prepared to help support healthy development. Helping children know what to expect throughout the day is an important part of the classroom environment. In this video from the Teaching Strategies series, a preschool teacher describes how she uses a visual schedule on a daily basis. Young children can refer to the pictures on the schedule independently to see what comes next, which can help them to regulate their own behavior.

Jessica, age four, enters her new preschool classroom for the very first time. She looks around and tries to determine what happens in this space? Does she belong here?
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The learning environment is often viewed as "the third teacher" The environment as "third teacher" or "third educator" is central to the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the approach, considered the three teachers of children to be adults, other children, and their physical environment.

As we swap out old for new, pages will be in transition. Thanks for your patience — please keep coming back to see the improvements. Children are central to sustainable development. Because of poor health, under nutrition and poor learning environments that fail to provide adequate responsive stimulation and nurturance, too many children around the world are not developing their learning capacities, entering school late, performing poorly at school and not achieving their full potential. In , over million children under five years of age worldwide did not receive the appropriate care and support to become physically healthy, mentally alert and emotionally secure.

2 thoughts on “Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments by Debbie Curtis

  1. An enabling environment is a rich and varied space where risks are minimised and well managed, and children are protected from harm and abuse.

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