Lewisville, N.C. – An early childhood classroom should reinforce and enhance young children’s sense of belonging. Rethinking the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments That Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities invites educators and administrators to reenvision the traditional classroom, with inspirational examples showing how to weave elements that reflect each center’s community into the classroom design.
The book, by Sandra Duncan, EdD, Jody Martin, and Rebecca Kreth, is full of beautiful photos from real early childhood classrooms, illustrating what teachers can do to encourage a sense of community that is unique to each classroom. Easy-to-implement ideas help educators create environments that include connections to past and present, geography, topography, flora, and fauna.
“We must rethink the traditional classroom, full of lots of plastic and cookie-cutter elements that actually limit the bounds of creativity and development,” Duncan said. “Classrooms should be a tapestry of elements; they should look, smell, and feel like the community outside and inside their doors.”
Rethinking the Classroom Landscape includes creative strategies and fun activities to engage children in their environments. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISBN 978-0-87659-563-3; 264 pp.; PB; $34.95.
About the Authors
Sandra Duncan, EdD, has over 45 years’ experience in the early care and education field. A past owner of early childhood programs, she now publishes curricula and teacher resources and trains teachers and program directors throughout the country.
Jody Martin has 30 years’ experience at nearly every level of early education. She is now serving as vice president of education and training for Crème de la Crème.
Rebecca Kreth has spent the last 25 years working with diverse communities, including supporting teaching practices for American Indian and Alaska Native children.