“Want to play?” These are magical words to children. An invitation to play is welcoming, inclusive, and suggests that fun is about to happen. Children learn through play, creating and re-creating what they know and what they imagine. This is their language for understanding the world. Through play, children learn problem-solving skills and test out ideas […]
How to Design Socially Distanced Classrooms During COVID-19 – Presentation by Dr. Sandra Duncan and Lauren Magee
In a recent edWebinar presentation sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company, Dr. Sandra Duncan, author, educator and classroom design expert, and Lauren Magee, licensed architect and Director of Architecture and Environmental Design for Guidecraft, provided practical and helpful strategies for educators seeking ways to safely distance children in the COVID classroom. Preschool and preK teachers, […]
Exploring nature is a surefire way to spark young children’s learning. Children inherently want to learn which is why they’re constantly asking questions. They’re full of wonder and curiosity. The natural world is an environment rich with possibilities for learning and can help children’s wonder and curiosity flourish. In nature the opportunities for new knowledge […]
Author, designer and teacher, Sandra Duncan, EdD, and the president of Guidecraft, Gary Bilezikian, were honored to collaborate and contribute to the 250th issue of Exchange Magazine, where they shared their views on the importance of empathetic and heart-centered design of early childhood environments. Here is a glimpse of the article, recently published in the November/December 2019 […]
When most people talk about designing an early childhood education program, they mean the curriculum, the funding, or the program. Not Dr. Sandra Duncan. When the Design Consultant for Early Childhood Classrooms and Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University talks about designing, she means it literally. To learn more, check out this video (filmed […]
Consider how this makes you feel. Are you calm or are your senses overwhelmed with all the colors? Can you find a comfortable spot to relax? Most likely, if you don’t feel comfortable, little ones will also feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed in this type of environment. This is a familiar aesthetic for teachers, but not necessarily the right one.