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In this easy-to-read resource, pre- and in-service teachers get practical help for designing play-based environments that ensure effective teaching and learning while meeting national and state standards. Creating Environments for Learning presents basic information and environmental and curricular possibilities through numerous examples, photos, and videos that demonstrate early childhood theories, child development, current research, and curriculum standards and outcomes in action. It emphasizes the importance of considering multiple aspects including the standards and children’s interests, developmental levels, and cultural and geographic backgrounds. The new edition includes expanded information on diversity, early childhood theories, working in K- through third-grade settings, and 21st century learning initiatives that allow students to be better prepared for early childhood settings. The most current information on research, curriculum standards, and play-based learning, plus numerous examples and over 140 color photos make this resource practical, interesting and understandable for future and practicing teachers in family childcare homes, childcare centers, preschools, and elementary schools. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video and assessments.
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Julie Bullard is a professor and director of the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Montana Western. During her 35 years in the early childhood field she has been a preschool and elementary teacher, childcare director, Head Start administrator, and has taught adults receiving CDAs, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood as well as students receiving master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction. Julie has taught higher education coursework both face-to-face and online for over 20 years and was named the Carnegie Professor of the Year for Montana in 2011.
Julie has had a passion for the importance of the early learning environment since completing coursework in architecture more than 30 years ago. She also has a special interest in curricular standards and has served on several state and national committees that are working on developing and implementing standards using play-based curriculum. She has served on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Development Panel, as a national reviewer of early childhood higher education programs, and on an oversight committee for NAEYC/NCATE accreditation. Julie served on an NAEYC committee to revise the national early childhood higher education standards. She is on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners (NCATE BOE) and on the editorial board for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. She has been involved in the development of the Montana early childhood knowledge base, infant—toddler guidelines, preschool guidelines, kindergarten standards, and early childhood and elementary higher education standards. Julie received her doctorate from Montana State University.
1 Understanding the Importance of the Environment
2 Establishing an Emotionally Supportive and Equitable Environment
3 Establishing a Context for Learning: Designing Schedules, Transitions, and Routines
4 Planning a Play-Based Curriculum
5 Arranging an Effective Environment
6 Design Considerations
7 Developing Dramatic Play Centers
8 Developing Manipulative and Sensory Centers
9 Developing Block and Building Centers
10 Developing Literacy Centers
11 Developing Science Centers
12 Developing Math Centers
13 Developing Visual Art Centers
14 Developing Music and Dance Centers
15 Integrating Technology
16 Special-Interest Centers
17 Creating Outdoor Environments
18 Creating Spaces for Families and Teachers
19 Meeting Environmental Challenges