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Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments [Paperback]

By Deb Curtis (Author) & Margie Carter (Joint Author)
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Give children wondrous places to learn and grow Drawing inspiration from a variety of approaches--from Waldorf to Montessori to Reggio to Greenman, Prescott, and Olds--the authors outline hundreds of ways to create healthy and inviting physical, social, and emotional environments for children in child care. Full-color photographs of actual early childhood programs demonstrate that the spaces children learn and grow in can be comfortable for children, teachers, and parents alike.

Margie Carter serves on the adjunct faculty at Pacific Oaks College Northwest, Seattle, Washington. Deb Curtis works as a child care teacher at the Burlington Little School in Seattle. Their other books include "The Art of Awareness, The Visionary Director, Training Teachers, Spreading the News, " and "Reflecting Children's Lives."

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Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2003
Publisher   Redleaf Press
ISBN  1929610297  
ISBN13  9781929610297  

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More About Deb Curtis & Margie Carter

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! For more than 30 years, Deb Curtis has worked in the early childhood field, including positions as a Head Start education coordinator, preschool teacher, and college instructor. She and Margie Carter have coauthored seven books, including Designs for Living and Learning. They speak to and consult with child care organizations across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. For more than 30 years, Margie Carter has worked in the early childhood field including positions as a preschool teacher, child care director, and college instructor. She and Deb Curtis have coauthored seven books, including Designs for Living and Learning. They speak to and consult with child care organizations across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > Education Theory > Decision Making & Problem Solving
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > Preschool & Kindergarten
4Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > Child Care
5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Education > General

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Designs for Living and Learning  Sep 15, 2008
This book is great. I teach preschool and the book has many ideas to help create a room in which students feel comfortable while learning. The ideas are simple and cost little(if any). I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to redesign their classroom into a more inviting place for their students.
Beautiful pictures and descriptions.  Aug 18, 2008
As a director of a fairly new child development center, I am always looking for new ideas to make our center as comfortable for the children as possible. This book has some wonderful ideas that don't require a lot of money, which is nice because we are always short. It suggests using things you find at yard sales and thrift shops.
The advice given does, however require lots of upkeep and adult supervision. It recommends lots of things, such as using lots of natural items in the sensory area like tree bark and rocks and giving the children more freedom to make a mess and explore to their hearts content. This makes it harder on the teachers because there is more clean up and it takes a lot of encouragement on my part to implement these changes, but it is worth it in the end.
When the children are happier and have plenty to keep them busy, the teacher's jobs become easier.,
Enchanting  May 7, 2008
Deb is a teacher at my daughter's school. She has helped create an inspiring learning environment for all the children to learn in.
This book will help you allow new ways for your child's imagination to blossom.
Excellent early childhood ideas for environments  Feb 23, 2008
This book is referenced daily for new ideas for my infant toddler classroom. It has ideas that are obviously inspired by children and enjoyed by children and adults alike. The text gives a wonderful insight into ECE environments that help teaching staff give quality care in all aspects of child development. It is one of the best books out there.
avdaycare  Sep 28, 2007
great book for centers & pre-schools, but for my small family childcare (infant/nursery) I found it did not have NEAR enough focus or information directed towards newborns and crawlers, specifically nap, changing & eating areas or indoor floor play.
if you have an older crowd (30 months +) then yes, this would be a good idea resource for you, however I like my baby-babies...

I DID get a couple outside-play ideas for my 18-24 month olds, but for me personally--simply not enough to justify the cost.

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