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Involve Children in Welcoming Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Honor Each Family’s Uniqueness .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Invest in Relationships with the Whole Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Keep Children Connected to Their Families .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Gather Families for Explorations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Focus on Relationships, Not Rules .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Arrange Your Space and Routines to Promote Community . . . . . . . . . . 36
Give Children Ownership of Routines and Schedules .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Use Children’s Ideas to Pursue Investigations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Help Children See Themselves as Learners .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Coach Children to Develop Negotiation and
Collaboration Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Develop Rituals That Create Memories .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Celebrate Real Accomplishments .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Chapter 3: Enhance the Curriculum with Materials
54 Examining the Elements and Possibilities in Materials .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Select Materials Using an Enhanced View of Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Invent New Possibilities for Familiar Materials .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Draw on the Aesthetic Qualities of Materials .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Choose Materials That Can Be Transformed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Provide Real Tools and Quality Materials .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Supply Materials to Extend Children’s Interests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Layer Materials to Offer Complexity .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Arranging Materials as Invitations for Focus and Intention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Create Orderly, Beautiful Arrangements .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Provide a Background for the Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Store Diverse Items in Matching Containers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Group Together Similar Materials with Different Attributes .. . . . . . . . . 78
Give Attention to Size, Scale, and Levels .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Arrange Materials to Suggest How They Might Be Used .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Reposition Materials to Spark a New Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Display Books and Other Visual Representations
with the Materials .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Offer Collections of Materials to Highlight a
Learning Domain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
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