An early childhood classroom should reinforce and enhance young children’s sense of belonging and connection to their environment, each other, their families, and their community. Rethinking the Classroom Landscape invites educators and administrators to rethink the traditional classroom, with inspirational examples showing how to weave elements that reflect each center’s community into the classroom design. Colorful photos show what teachers can do to encourage a sense of community unique to each classroom. Easy-to-implement ideas and strategies are based on five guideposts that help educators create early childhood environments that vividly connect children, adults, and the surrounding community. These community environments include connections to past and present, geography, typography, flora, and fauna.
Rethinking the Classroom Landscape has won the Creative Child Magazine, 2017 Book of the Year Award.
“GREAT! I like the ideas in it. Made me think of ways i can teach my child at home as well! The cheap and expensive ways to decorate and teach are great and creative.”
“This book is perfect for teachers and students. It can help find better ways to teach or more affective ways to show off learning objectives.”
“Awesome book!! Informative. And helps with giving classrooms the environment they need.”
“I like the fact that this brings awareness to parents on what it's like inside the class room and what we could do to participate and be apart of their school lives.”
“I absolutely love this book. It spoke to me and set my brain into over drive. I want to recreate our classrooms because of this book. The pictures added to the interest but the text was simple to read and follow. It was sectioned in a way to allow for processing what you just read.”
“Beautifully illustrated guide to enhance the classroom environment. Easy to find, inexpensive materials. Recycling/reusing commonly found objects in innovative ways.”
“I have been looking at other books that talk about the classroom environment and I like this one the best. The ideas are not contrived and the interactive parts of the book helped me organize my thoughts so that they could be used.”
“As the administrator of a small preschool I am planning on using this book with my teachers to help them change the environments of the classrooms to be more natural and less ‘plastic.'”
“I would definitely recommend this book to others in the field. I believe this is the new trend in early childhood and fully support it. We owe it to our children to give them a safe, secure place to learn and grow.”
“I would recommend this to my colleagues who work with young children. I loved how the book provided multiple, inexpensive ways to create a beautiful, interactive, inclusive, diverse environment that celebrates children and nature.”