Gryphon House Releases Rethinking the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments That Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities

LEWISVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#activities–An early childhood classroom should reinforce and enhance young
children’s sense of belonging. Rethinking
the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments That Connect Young
Children, Families, and Communities
invites educators and
administrators to reenvision the traditional classroom, with
inspirational examples showing how to weave elements that reflect each
center’s community into the classroom design.

The book,
by Sandra
Duncan, EdD
Jody Martin
, and Rebecca
, is full of beautiful photos from real early childhood
classrooms, illustrating what teachers can do to encourage a sense of
community that is unique to each classroom. Easy-to-implement ideas help
educators create environments that include connections to past and
present, geography, topography, flora, and fauna.

“We must rethink the traditional classroom, full of lots of plastic and
cookie-cutter elements that actually limit the bounds of creativity and
development,” Duncan
said. “Classrooms should be a tapestry of elements; they should look,
smell, and feel like the community outside and inside their doors.”

the Classroom Landscape
includes creative strategies and fun
activities to engage children in their environments. The book is
available now from Gryphon
, the award-winning publisher of early childhood teaching
resources. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact

About the Authors

Duncan, EdD
, has over 45 years’ experience in the early care and
education field. A past owner of early childhood programs, she now
publishes curricula and teacher resources and trains teachers and
program directors throughout the country.

has 30 years’ experience at nearly every level of early
education. She is now serving as vice president of education and
training for Crème de la Crème.

has spent the last 25 years working with diverse
communities, including supporting teaching practices for American Indian
and Alaska Native children.

About Gryphon House, Inc.

House, Inc.,
is an award-winning publisher of resource books for
parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Filled
with developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use strategies, Gryphon
House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to
bring the joy of learning to young children.

ISBN 978-0-87659-563-3; 264 pp.; PB; $34.95.


Gryphon House, Inc.
Anna Wilmoth, 336-712-3480