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Importance of Interconnectedness
September 14, 2017
If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake.
-Frank Wilczek

"Eminent psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner understood life's tapestry and the importance of  interconnectedness when he proposed the human ecological theory of children’s development." So write Sandra Duncan, Jody Martin and Rebecca Kreth in their book, Rethinking the Classroom Landscape.

"Similar to the assortment of threads in an intricately woven tapestry, the lives of young children also include numerous and varied threads or environments such as family, school, peers, and community. The ground on which we walk, schools we attend, and retail establishments in the community we frequent are all common denominators. The relationships we have with each other within these physical locations are the connecting denominators. It is the interconnectedness of these threads that create the tapestries of young children's lives."

Rethinking the Classroom Landscape

An early childhood classroom should reinforce and enhance young children's sense of belonging and connection to their environment, each other, their families, and their community. Rethinking the Classroom Landscape invites educators and administrators to rethink the traditional classroom, with inspirational examples showing how to weave elements that reflect each center's community into the classroom design.

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