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Bringing the Outside In
Ideas for creating nature-based classroom experiences for young children

Bringing the Outside In: Ideas for Creating Nature-Based Classroom Experiences for Young Children offers extraordinary nature-based experiences to encourage educators and young children to bring the natural world into the early childhood classroom. Each hands-on, open-ended, and sensory oriented experience is designed to spark discovery and imagination; encourage conversations and collaborations; allow young children to develop a sense of wonder and get to know the natural world inch-by-inch and bit-by-bit; and preserve the joys of childhood. Bringing the wonders of nature to children is truly a worthwhile journey.

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Caring Spaces, Learning Places
3rd edition

Children deserve to spend their days in well-designed environments that support their needs and stimulate their learning. Adults who spend their days teaching and caring for young children deserve environments that maximize their skills. The newest revision of Caring Spaces, Learning Places is a book of ideas, observations, problems, solutions, examples, resources, photographs, and poetry. Here you will find current thinking about children's environments - 380 pages to challenge you, stimulate you, inspire you. EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Greenman was a designer, philosopher, and provocateur, but he was first and foremost a teacher. His teachings and insights live on through his writing, and while I was stunned at how up-to-date and pertinent Caring Spaces remains, I shouldn't have been. After all, I use things that Jim taught me every day. To say that the editing team had a light touch with this 3rd edition of Caring Spaces would be an understatement. Jim's words stand the test of time incredibly well, and this new edition leaves his sometimes quirky and always insightful prose intact. We have worked hard to include updated references, a new appendices section, and to refine the layout and graphics in ways that make the book more readable, but the ideas, anecdotes, strategies, and innate "rightness" of the book we left alone. My hope is that Caring Spaces inspires a new generation of educators and designers to realize Jim's vision of spaces for children where wonder, beauty, sensory richness, and functionality are the norm and not the exception.

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RRP $112.95

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Children's Rights Learning Book

Author(s): Deborah Harcourt (click on the author's name for more titles)

Children’s Rights Learning Book is the first book written by young children for young children and teachers about rights.

'… the need to take a more active stance on children’s participatory rights is particularly important when there are significant changes in early childhood education and care, including the implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework which seeks to embody these rights in educators’ daily practice'.

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RRP $18.95

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Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms
Designing and Implementing Child Centred Learning Environments

Author(s): Eric Nelson (click on the author's name for more titles)

Filled with both simple and large-scale ideas, Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms provides support as you design and implement outdoor learning environments.  Chapters examine the role of the outdoor classroom, working with children outdoors, getting support from stakeholders, getting started, evaluating the outdoor environment, program and implementation strategies, and more.

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RRP $99.95

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Designs for Living and Learning, Second Edition
Transforming Early Childhood Environments

Author(s): Deb Curtis, Margie Carter (click on the author's name for more titles)

The updated and expanded edition of an early childhood favorite!

You likely have dreams for your early childhood environment that are greater than rating scales, regulations, and room arrangements. Designs for Living and Learning has been a favorite resource among educators and caregivers for more than a decade, and this new edition is packed with even more ideas that can be used as you create captivating environments that nurture children, families, and staff while supporting children's learning. With hundreds of all-new colorful photographs of real early learning settings and a multitude of simple and practical concepts for creative indoor and outdoor spaces and learning materials, this book truly is a source of inspiration as you learn how to shape welcoming spaces where children can learn and grow.

Expanded chapters include new information reflecting current trends and concerns in early childhood, such as the use of repurposed and nontraditional materials, children in the outdoors, alternative ways to think about providing for learning outcomes, facing and overcoming barriers and negotiating change, and the impact of environmental rating scales in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Two new chapters are included, one highlighting the transformations of environments with before and after photos and outlines of the process, and the other with examples of soliciting children's ideas about the environment.

Age focus: 3-5. Softbound, 360 pgs.

Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are internationally acclaimed experts in early childhood and coauthors of many books.

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Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth

Author(s): Patty Sally (click on the author's name for more titles)

Help children explore the environment and develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature. Each chapter focuses on a common and important environmental topic, such as waste reduction and recycling, air quality, weather and climate change, and energy reduction, as well as activities that provide a foundation to educate children about our world through experience and play.

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RRP $67.95

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Early Learning Environments That Work

Author(s): Betty Exelby, Rebecca Isbell (click on the author's name for more titles)

The classroom environment is a vital part of the child's learning experience. Early Learning Environments that Work! explores how to manipulate furniture, colour, materials, storage, lighting, and more to encourage learning through classroom arrangement. Each chapter gives you detailed illustrations and photographs to help you set up or arrange what you already have in the classroom.

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RRP $56.95

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Environments A Beginnings Workshop Book

Author(s): Bonnie Neugebauer (click on the author's name for more titles)

 This collection of articles from the Beginning Workshops section in Exchange – The Early Childhood Leaders’ Magazine features respected authors in the early childhood field such as Jim Greenman, Deb Curtis, Ann Pelo and Rust Keeler. Also included in this inspiring collection of articles are contribution from experienced Australian practitioners Wendy Shepherd and Jennifer Eaton from Mia-Mia Child and Family Study Centre, Macquarie University Sydney


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Growing With Nature
Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms

This new book is full of helpful ideas and insights from people enjoying Certified Nature Explore Classrooms throughout the country. Engaging stories and photographs illustrate ways to help infants, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary students discover the wonders of nature while strengthening foundational learning skills.

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Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments
Creating, Supporting and Collaborating

What does it mean to inquire? Grownups would say it means to question, to search for information, or to finding out about a topic of interest. For children in an early childhood classroom, the definition is no different. From the time of their birth, children want to know how the world works and actively seek out information. How educators respond to their questions is what this book is all about. Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments takes an in-depth look at children’s inquiry. What does inquiry look like in early childhood settings? How does the environment affect children’s inquiries and teachers’ thought processes? Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments examines inquiry in all its facets, including environments that support relationships, that create a culture of risk-taking in our thinking, that support teachers as well as children, that include families, that use documentation as a way of thinking about our work, and of course, the physical environment and all the objects and spaces within it. Throughout, stories about environments and approaches to inquiry from around the world are included as examples.

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Inspiring Spaces for Young Children

Author(s): Jessica Deviney, Lois Mitten Rosenberry, Mary Anne Rody, Sandra Duncan, Sara Harris (click on the author's name for more titles)

Inspiring Spaces for Young Children invites teachers to enhance children’s educational environments in a beautiful way by emphasizing aesthetic environmental qualities that are often overlooked in early childhood classrooms, such as nature, colour, furnishings, textures, displays, lighting, and focal points.

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Learning About Language and Literacy in Preschool

What every preschool teacher needs! Filled with practical strategies and useful information on language and literacy, this book offers.

• Learning center ideas
• Engaging activities
• Practical suggestions that are easy to implement
• Ideas that support the development and learning of every preschooler
• Children’s book recommendations

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RRP $54.95

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Learning with Nature
Embedding Outdoor Practice

Author(s): Claire Warden (click on the author's name for more titles)

Learning outside the classroom is a key part of early years and primary practice and is on the rise in settings across the world. This book centres on outstanding outdoor practice and how children can learn and develop in natural environments. Focussing on children aged from 2-11 this book contains:

- A self-evaluation toolkit for educators to reflect on what they're doing now and where to develop to be more effective.

- Examples of practice from around the world and in various environments, including urban settings.

- An entire chapter on assessment and planning to help ensure and demonstrate quality of provision.

Looking at all the possibilities and approaches, there are models for practice to suit every setting so that everyone can make outdoor learning part of the core teaching and learning objectives.

Contents:

Introduction  
Chapter 1: Self-Evaluation of Practice  
Chapter 2: Characteristics that Shape Outdoor Learning  
Chapter 3: Learning with Nature  
Chapter 4: Sharing Values with Parents  
Chapter 5: Observation, Planning and Assessment  
Chapter 6: Embedding Practice  
References

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Learning with Nature DVD

The Learning With Nature DVD provides examples of Nature Explore Classrooms that have been designed around the country. Discover techniques for using outdoor classrooms as an integral part of preschool and elementary children's daily learning.

See how well-designed outdoor spaces facilitate children's overall development in traditional academic areas. As you watch footage from a variety of settings and hear stories from educators, you will gain new insight into ways to help children make deeper connections with the natural world.

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RRP $49.95

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Learning with Nature Idea Book
Creating Nurturing Outdoor Spaces for Children

The Guiding Principles from the Learning With Nature Idea Book provide a foundation for creating nurturing outdoor spaces for children. These field-tested principles for effective outdoor learning environments give you practical ideas for using nature as an integral part of children's learning whether you are adding natural components to an existing outdoor classroom, or designing a new space.

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RRP $44.95

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