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December 20, 2011
Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase. That's what wild geese are for.
In his classic, Caring Spaces, Learning Places, Jim Greenman shares his thoughts on lighting in centers:
"There is a pervasive tendency to over-light all new institutional settings. This may be a reaction both to the old days of dark, drab settings with few windows and other amenities and to the power of the fluorescent light revolution. Banks of diffused fluorescent lighting allow maximum flexibility and lowest cost. At any given spot one can read small print or string beads. But why is this necessary? And would you prefer to live under banks of fluorescent lights in your living room or bedroom? A mixture of fluorescent light, natural light from windows and skylights, and local area lighting (some on tracks) will allow flexibility that creates pools of light. Light can also be bounced off a ceiling....
"Light has some of the same possibilities as a design tool that color does. Teachers can use light to influence activities and moods; reduced lighting calms, increased lighting can brighten spirits. Lighting at different height levels adds variety. Light dimmers are useful tools."
Children deserve to spend their days in well-designed environments that support their needs and stimulate their learning. Adults who spend their days teaching and caring for young children deserve environments that maximize their skills. Caring Spaces, Learning Places is a book of ideas, observations, problems, solutions, examples, resources, photographs, and poetry. Here you will find the best of current thinking about children's environments — 360 pages to challenge you, stimulate you, inspire you.
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