Summer is officially coming to an end and back-to-school season is in full swing. For teachers looking to freshen up their classroom or create some new spaces, they can gather innovative classroom design ideas from these helpful books filled with environment inspiration.
- Pedagogy and Space by Linda M. Zane
This book perfectly blends design information with early childhood theory to give you a new perspective of how to set up your classroom. The colorful photos of intentionally designed spaces will serve to get your creative juices flowing.
- Designs for Living and Learning by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter
If you want to create an environment that captivates and nurtures children, family, and staff while supporting children’s learning, this is the book for you. It goes beyond rating scales, regulations, and room arrangements. The photos show real early learning spaces and provide insightful and creative ideas for both indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces That Wow! By Linda J. Armstrong and Christine A. Schmidt
This book is filled with hundreds of ideas to help you create a high-quality school-age program that is exciting, inviting and engaging to children. It takes you through how to improve the three dimensions of a school-age environment: temporal, interpersonal, and physical. The authors’ years of experience in education is reflected in this book.
- Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments by Eric Nelson
If you can’t redesign your indoor spaces, simply transform your outdoor spaces into learning environments. This book is filled with guidance to help you plan, design, and create an outdoor learning program that is a rich, thoughtfully equipped, natural extension of your indoor curriculum. It’s filled with practical and creative ideas and plenty of information to help make your outdoor classroom a reality.
- Family Child Care Homes: Creative Spaces for Children to Learn by Linda J. Armstrong
Filled with low- and no-cost ideas, this book can help you to make your home a safe and welcoming space for children. Chapters are packed with full-color photographs and provide examples and tips for designing learning zones, selecting items, organizing materials, and more.