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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Tots Corner, Auckland, New Zealand pursuits. And in fact, current interpretations of neuroscience for educational settings and the particular research we study in Alison Gopnik’s book The Philosophical Baby, and Antonio Damasio’s book The Feeling of What Happens, reminds us that emotional intelligence is part of a child’s rapid brain development and is es- sential to academic learning. When you hold these values for children, you shape their environ- ments with a different kind of intent than just planning learning centers or striving to be compliant for high scores on ERS. Holding these values for children means you consider aesthetic components that provoke a sense of wonder and delight. You’ll not only try to keep children safe, but you will put elements in the environment that encourage physical, social, and intel- lectual risk taking so children experience the joy and power of learning with others. Furnishings will go beyond standard early childhood tables, chairs, and shelving to include home furnishings and aspects of the chil- dren’s families, culture, and the wider community and elements of nature that are around them. Your environment will reflect the unique identity of your history, who you are, and who you are striving to be. 12  [   Introduc tion COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL