Lewisville, N.C. – It’s a common dilemma in early childhood classrooms: how to provide new, interesting learning experiences on a shoestring budget. Gryphon House, Inc. has released a book that will inspire teachers with easy and affordable ways to breathe new life into preschool learning centers. Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers pulls from the decades’ worth of experience of authors Shelley Nicholson, PhD, and Jessica Martinez.
Going beyond tips for sourcing found and recycled materials, Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers uses color photos and simple instructions to explain how to create new materials, integrate them into classroom learning centers, how to get children started on using the materials, and how to scaffold learning with open-ended questions.
“Many teachers struggle with providing fresh and engaging learning materials for their classroom centers,” Nicholson said. “In this book, we have compiled a multitude of ideas for helping teachers spark new learning experiences for preschool children that have been tested in our own classrooms and are based on best practices.”
Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers is available now. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISBN 978-0-87659-695-1; 224 pp.; PB; Full Color; $29.95
About the Authors
Shelley Nicholson earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction, specializing in early childhood education, from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. She serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. She conducts professional development seminars for early childhood teachers and is the owner and director of Nicholson Early Childhood Education Center, Inc., in Austin, Texas.
Jessica Martinez is the director of the Goddard School, a preschool in Austin, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin.