Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are internationally acclaimed experts in early childhood and co-authors of many books.
Margie and Deb have done a phenomenal job of revising Designs for Living and Learning to ensure that the culturally relevant environments being created by paradigm shifting early childhood programs are highlighted. However, the power of their work is not in merely capturing the images that captivate our senses, but rather it is in providing us a window into the intentionality behind these images. It is far too easy to create an environment that is beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, it is harder to create an environment that reflects the unique culture of your early childhood community, one that builds connections for children, strengthens parents understandings of their child's development and pushes the field of Early childhood education forward. Carter and Curtis have not only achieved this balance, they have also made the information accessible through imagery that touches our soul. When we at the Paradigm Project are working to help programs deepen their practice and create environments that draw upon the richness of a school's unique community, we find Designs for Living and Learning to be a go to resource for us, one that can live on for the teachers and Directors after we leave the school.--Peter Blair, The Paradigm Project Founding Partner, ECE change agent, Lifelong learner and Associate Executive Director Harry and Rose Samson JCC of Milwaukee
What is a quality experience and environment for young children?
The voices of teachers in diverse settings - teachers who involve
children in the design process and who design with attention to
their own values and the rights of all children - are a powerful
resource. Add to their voices the guiding philosophical
perspectives and pedagogical approach of Deb Curtis and Margie
Carter who engage with teachers around the world and you have this
resource - bubbling over with photos and design ideas. New work
included in this edition focuses on the professional development
experience that can be the heart of transforming your environment.
Quality is always a process and never finished. Let Margie and Deb
provoke and inspire you on your journey.--Bonnie Neugbaur, Child
Care Exchange and World Forum Foundation This new edition
illuminates how the environment becomes an active agent that helps
to shape the living going on inside it: the reader sees that the
environment and the life it contains are compellingly inseparable.
This is a thoughtful, inspiring, and empowering contribution to the
early childhood field.--Carol Anne Wien, York University
Beautifully constructed to connect to developmental and learning
domains with well-conceptualized final chapters answering the
questions that all will be asking as they read the book, how can I
do this in my classroom? and where will I get the resources?--Dr.
Deborah J. Cassidy, Professor of Human Development and Family
Studies Designs for Living and Learning not only maintains that
children thrive in spaces designed for both; it provides an updated
second edition to planning outdoor and indoor environments that
nurture children and families. Hundreds of photos and stories for
early childhood programs around the world accompany discussions of
the latest early childhood education trends, how to develop a sense
of wonder and scientific thinking, and how to arrange and store
materials to invite the best responses from kids. With its wealth
of facts and fun ideas for environment and play areas, this is a
'must' for any involved in early childhood education.--James A.
Cox, Editor in Chief, Midwest Book Review