ERIC Number: ED451966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Early Learning Environments That Work.
Isbell, Rebecca; Exelby, Betty
Noting that the early care and education environment is a vital contribution to children's learning, this book examines the early childhood learning environment with the vision of making it a place where young children will be physically, emotionally, esthetically, and intellectually nurtured. The chapters are: (1) "The Power of the Environment and Its Impact on Children"; (2) "Contemporary Childcare Spaces"; (3) "The Teacher's New Role: Designer"; (4) "Principles of Meaningful Environments"; (5) "Aspects of Quality Environments for Children"; (6) "Assessing What You Have"; (7) "Making a Plan That Works for You"; (8) "The Designer's Toolbox"; (9) "Enriching the Environment," including ideas for using displays, planning work and sitting spaces, and growing plants; and (10)"Extending Your Understanding," including classic resources about early childhood environments. Each chapter includes detailed illustrations and photographs to assist teachers in setting up a classroom. The book's 10 appendices include an inventory form, equipment checklist, team inventory, storage ideas, and an anthropometric chart for a child-scaled environment. (Contains 79 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Classroom Furniture, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Equipment, Furniture Arrangement, Learning Centers (Classroom), Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Role, Young Children
Gryphon House, Inc., P.O. Box 207, Beltsville, MD 20704 ($24.95). Tel: 800-638-0928 (Toll Free); Tel: 301-595-9500; Fax: 301-595-0051; Web site: http://www.gryphonhouse.com.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Illustrations by Gary Exelby and photographs by Mike Talley, Susan Lachmann, and Su Lorencen.