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Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments

Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments

Authors: Lisa Daly, Miriam Beloglovsky
Product Code: 544663
ISBN: 978-1-60554-466-3
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Published by Redleaf Press New Product Free sample chapter

Inspire culturally sustainable environments

Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials—acorns, hardware, stones, aluminum foil, fabric scraps—that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. They capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity.

The next installment for the award-winning Loose Parts series offers inspiration and guidance on creating culturally sensitive and culturally sustainable early childhood environments. With the help of over 400 full-color photos this book guides readers to use their environment to promote a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy, and allow children to explore their identity.

Loose Parts 3 analyzes environment design through six key terms:
Aesthetic—the nature of art and beauty.
Authenticity—helps us avoid stereotypical and biased assumptions.
Equity—is about achieving equal outcomes by the individualizing support for each child.
Dynamic—always changing and supporting children’s critical thinking.
Praxis—actioned informed by theory.
Critical reflection—the on-going process of consideration, analysis and informed decision-making applied to daily work.

Peer-reviewed by a team from diverse backgrounds—Loose Parts 3 includes a note on the peer review process, and the authors’ own journey looking at their classrooms.

Age Focus: 0-8
Softbound, 280 pgs.
Full Color

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Review by: Joyce Daniels - December 19, 2017
When all cultures are visible then we can see ourselves as belonging in community—sharing similarities and differences. Children learn this best by manipulating tangible items in their environment. Lisa’s and Miriam’s creative vision and cultural research and Jenna’s artful photos give us examples about how we can include cultural materials in our classrooms in meaningful ways, making this latest Loose Parts another valuable resource for us all.
Review by: Patrick Pieng, California State University, Sacramento - December 19, 2017
These carefully selected photographs elicit creative and critical evaluations of our place in the global landscape. Readers are offered imaginative ways to nurture their own and, more importantly, young children’s inclination to share their existence with others.
Review by: Cindy Linhares - December 19, 2017
Once again, Daly and Beloglovsky offer beautiful photographs and prose to help bridge the home and community within early childhood settings. They illustrate a framework that is both achievable and thought provoking in how a teacher can create simple environments that remain true to children’s cultural values that capture and honor identities through play and exploration that is both soulful and creative.
Review by: Lorraine Lima - December 19, 2017
Words like imaginative, creative, honoring, culturally appropriate are beautiful ‘place holders’ for delving into Loose Parts 3.  It’s a magical joyful adventure in what can be created in early childhood environments.  The photographs offer one an experience similar to looking through a treasured family album, one of remembering our own delightful childhood play.
Review by: Tu Bears - December 19, 2017
Loose Part 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments is playfully engaging for teachers, parents, and children.  Each chapter is powerfully constructed and entices the viewer to engage creatively with self-reflection, self- acceptance, and self-empowerment.  Jenna’s photographs persuade imaginative curiosity and an awakened awareness of our cultural similarities.

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