Rethinking the Classroom Landscape
Creating Environments That Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities



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Creating Environments That Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities

 

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 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.

Sandra Duncan

With over 45 years of experience in the early care and education field and a doctorate in education, Dr. Duncan has extensive experience in working with young children and parents,...

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Jody Martin

Jody Martin has a B.A. in Psychology, minor in Child Development, and 30 years of extensive and diverse experience in the early childhood field. She taught preschool, directed a childcare...

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Rebecca Kreth

Rebecca Kreth entered the field of early learning more 30 years ago, earning degrees in early childhood education, and counseling psychology. She has worked with young children, their families, and...

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