The classroom environment is an essential component for maximizing learning experiences for young children. Inspiring Spaces for Young Children invites teachers to enhance children’s educational environment in a beautiful way by emphasizing aesthetic environmental qualities that are often overlooked in early childhood classrooms, such as nature, color, furnishings, textures, displays, lighting, and focal points.
Step-by-step instructions and lush photographs take educators through the process of transforming ordinary classrooms into creative, beautiful learning spaces, providing children with an environment where they can learn and grow.
With easy-to-implement ideas that incorporate nature, children’s artwork, and everyday classroom materials, the photographs and ideas in this book promote creativity, learning, and simple beauty.
Sandra Duncan is the author of several preschool curriculums, teacher resource books, sponsored educational programs, and journal articles and is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national conferences. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College and a dissertation chair for doctoral students at Nova Southeastern University. She lives in Schererville, Indiana.
Sara Harris has more than 10 years' experience working directly with child care centers. She has served as an art studio teacher, creative director, administrator, project coordinator, and design consultant. As her knowledge of child-related environments has grown, so has her ability to design creative and inspiring spaces. She has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a masters degree from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Maumee, Ohio.
Mary Ann Rody is currently chief operating officer for Children’s Discovery Center, Inc. Before assuming operations for the company, Rody worked as a kindergarten teacher, an administrator, and a human resource manager. She is a past president of Toledo AEYC. She lives in Maumee, Ohio.
Lois Rosenberry is the founder of Children’s Discovery Center, a child care company with eight locations serving 1500 children. She has lectured at national conferences, authored kindergarten curriculum, and worked as a child care consultant for private and public organizations. She lives in Holland, Ohio.