Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) August 20, 2010
The classroom environment is an essential component for maximizing learning experiences for young children. Inspiring Spaces for Young Children, a new book from Gryphon House, Inc., gives early childhood educators ideas, inspirations, and projects that can be completed in a few minutes, a few hours, or on a weekend.
Inspiring Spaces for Young Children (ISBN 9780876593172 by Jessica DeViney, Sandra Duncan, Sara Harris, Mary Ann Rody, Lois Rosenberry, 240 pages, $34.95) offers seven principles of design that will inspire educators to go beyond the high standards of quality rating scales and accreditation and to create places of beauty that nurture children, families and staff.
Step-by-step instructions and lush photographs take educators through the process of transforming ordinary classrooms into aesthetically pleasing learning spaces. Although some ideas are moderately priced, most cost just a few dollars. With easy-to-implement ideas that incorporate nature, children’s artwork, and everyday classroom materials, the photographs and ideas in this book promote creativity, learning, and simple beauty.
The authors, who create the unique classroom environments for Children’s Discovery Center, are experienced at designing, developing, and enriching beautiful spaces that are welcoming and inspiring for both children and adults.
The Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments (ISBN 978-0-87659-321-9, 48 pages, $19.95), the companion book to Inspiring Spaces for Young Children, challenges teachers to examine classrooms in a totally new way: with an eye for what is aesthetically beautiful and inspiring. Looking through an aesthetic lens of nature, color, furnishings, textures, displays, lighting, and focal points, educators will learn to determine a classroom’s level of aesthetic beauty.
Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. Visit http://www.gryphonhouse.com for more information.