Cultivating a Beautiful Environment where Young Children and Teachers Bloom

Learning Centers

The environment impacts everything that happens in an early childhood classroom. It influences what will be learned, what will be accomplished, what choices are made, and how children behave. It affects the teacher’s attitude and interactions that occur throughout the day. How can a wonderful place be created to maximize children and teacher’s positive interactions, celebrating each child’s contribution, while supporting their need for play? Look inside “real” classrooms to discover how it looks, how areas are arranged, where things are stored, how choices are displayed, and how long term projects are saved. See how each classroom is unique and influenced by both the children’s and teachers’ interest. Learn how to make your classroom special, aesthetically pleasing, supportive/ challenging, and function effectively so you and your children can live together in a harmonious way.

Powerful Stories that Captivate Young Children: Read, Told, and Sung

Wonderful stories can inspire language development, increase connections, supports visual literacy, teach morals, and encourage a love of literature. When stories are shared in diverse ways they support children’s different ways of learning. Stories read connect children to illustrations and printed words. Stories told mesmerize young listeners who are able to imagine the setting, story and characters in their mind. Songs and sounds catch the attention of other children and make intricate connections throughout the brain. When stories and songs are combined they create an exciting learning event that captures their attention, interest, and invites participation. During these happenings with stories, young children become involved by actively participate in contributing sounds, phrases, gestures, and making suggestions.  Experience the joy of stories shared read, told, and sung.

Inspiring Young Children to be Creative Thinkers: A Survival Skill for the 21st Century

Early Childhood Science Center

Today’s headlines are shouting “Creativity is declining”. Other news networks are reporting the growing need for “Thinkers and Innovators”. Young children are some of the most creative people in the world. How can we provide a nurturing place that will support and encourage young creative thinkers? How can opportunities be included that allow children to think in different ways: visually, scientifically, verbally, musically, and kinetically. Investigate the 4 C’s identified as the critical skills for the 21’st Century: Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical thinking. Celebrate the work, ideas, and projects of young children as you gain an appreciation for their creative capabilities. Gain insight into ways to extend experiences of young children that will support their learning while encouraging creative thinkers for today and the future.

Overcoming the Play Deficit: Designing Playful Opportunities for Young Children

early childhood education centers

Young children are active learners who need meaningful play experiences to gain understanding of their world. New findings indicate that today’s children are spending less time playing– but they need play more than ever! Young children need to play to learn how to make choices, have effective conversations, and learn to work with others. Investigate how language, collaboration, persistence and empathy are developed as young children participate in engaging play opportunities. Discover how playing with ideas and materials can nurture creative thinkers and problem solvers. Explore play environments that provide intriguing possibilities that will both support and challenge young children’s growing capabilities. Join in the crusade for “more play” for all young children!

Reaching the “Whole Child”: Putting the Pieces Back Together

Nurturing

There are many parts to young children including learning, language, social, physical, and emotional development. Each aspect is important, but it is only when they are integrated, in meaningful learning experiences, that children’s maximum development can occur.

Investigate how learning can occur throughout the day in play, transitions, centers, and group times. Discover how art, music, and creative drama can reach parts of the child’s creativity that are often neglected. Find how the life skills, needed for the 21st century, can be nurtured in interesting, exciting, and personally meaningful ways.

Gain ideas that will help you create a classroom for young children that will inspire their learning in holistic ways.

Related books by Dr. Isbell:

Creativity and the Arts for Young Children, 3rd edition
Early Childhood Learning Environments that Work.