When was the last time you got down on your hands and knees to see your classroom from a child’s height? Research shows that effective early childhood classroom design begins from the ground up.
Classroom design is a crucial component of an effective learning environment. Through a Child’s Eyes: How Classroom Design Inspires Learning and Wonder brings a new approach to classroom design that begins and ends with the child’s viewpoint. Each chapter details how the classroom environment influences children’s learning, and the authors provide specific examples of how educators can use the children’s perspective to make their classrooms a place of joy and possibility.
“Through a Child’s Eyes underscores the need to look holistically and intentionally at classroom design, and its impact on a child’s experience. It builds upon an essential thesis, giving us one more important calculus: that the experience of a child is best narrated, shaped and understood through their vantage point. Although a seemingly simple construct, it opens up a world of possibility in how we can create inspiring experiences for children both universally and contextually through design. Through A Child’s Eyes changes the way we see.”
President of GuideCraft
“I love this book! Through a Child’s Eyes is a must-read for any thoughtful, intentional educator wanting to make the indoor learning environment the most powerful third-teacher it can be. This refreshing approach to developing the physical environment encourages educators to see the world from the vantage point of young children. It’s a reminder to us all that children are the most important part of any early childhood classroom. Acknowledging the powerful role of the environment in learning, the authors provide concrete ideas for transforming spaces into places for children. This results in a meaningful, authentic, child-centered learning environment—the goal for any early childhood classroom.”