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Gryphon House Releases Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers
[March 20, 2017]

Gryphon House Releases Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers

It's a common dilemma in early childhood classrooms: how to provide new, interesting learning experiences on a shoestring budget. Gryphon House, Inc. has released a book that will inspire teachers with easy and affordable ways to breathe new life into preschool learning centers. Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers pulls from the decades' worth of experience of authors Shelley Nicholson, PhD, and Jessica Martinez.

Going beyond tips for sourcing found and recycled materials, Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers uses color photos and simple instructions to explain how to create new materials, integrate them into classroom learning centers, how to get children started on using the mateials, and how to scaffold learning with open-ended questions.

"Many teachers struggle with providing fresh and engaging learning materials for their classroom centers," Nicholson said. "In this book, we have compiled a multitude of ideas for helping teachers spark new learning experiences for preschool children that have been tested in our own classrooms and are based on best practices."

Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers will be widely available June 1, 2017. The book is available for preorder now. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact

ISBN 978-0-87659-695-1; 224 pp.; PB; Full Color; $29.95

About the Authors

Shelley Nicholson, PhD, earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction, specializing in early childhood education, from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. She serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. She conducts professional development seminars for early childhood teachers and is the owner and director of Nicholson Early Childhood Education Center, Inc., in Austin, Texas.

Jessica Martinez is the director of the Goddard School, a preschool in Austin, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin.

About Gryphon House, Inc.

Gryphon House, Inc., is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Filled with developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use strategies, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children.

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