The Sense of Place collection builds upon the belief in the importance of young children's environments. Beautifully designed to inspire children's wonder and to nurture their growth and development, Sense of Place not only celebrates the spirit of place but rejoices in the magic of childhood. Woven throughout this collection are four essential beliefs that serve as a foundation for this inviting collection: a classroom should be nature-aligned, heart-centered, sensory-based, and authentically-inspired.
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Nature is our greatest teacher.
When designing the Sense of Place furniture collection, we looked to nature for inspiration. Unlike straight edges which serve as boundaries, the furniture's design includes many rounded elements which invite children into the classroom space for authentic connections and playful learning.
Natural forms, designs, and textures are infused into each element of the collection, bringing comfort and beauty to the classroom – the keystones of heart-centered environments. Calm and balanced, the collection provides children with a place to form meaningful connections and engage in profound communications with others.
Used throughout the collection, multi-layer textures and authentic materials invite children to touch, interact, and explore. A wealth of sensory-based opportunities await young learners through the collection's natural elements and woven fabrics, providing both visual and kinesthetic textures for sensory experiences.
The classroom is powerful. Its space has the capacity to regulate children's behaviors either positively or negatively… The types of materials in the classroom, including the furniture, and the way they are arranged influence how children act, react, learn and grow.
Immediately feels like the classroom is an extension of the home, where everyone would feel comfortable and welcome.
Throughout the collection's design process, it was important for furnishings to be authentic. Examples of this intentional design can be seen in the details of the kitchen's farmhouse sink and contemporary metal faucet. Inspired by the home, solid wood accents, handcrafted furniture, and materials such as woven seagrass baskets invite children to experience natural authenticity through comfort and engaging connections.
Children experience, learn, and test ideas in spaces that reflect everyday encounters.
from Sandra Duncan
Furniture and Accessories
With over 45 years of experience and a doctorate in education, Dr. Sandra Duncan has a wide and varied background in early care and education. She has extensive experience in working with young children and parents, teaching at the university level, designing professional development programs for practitioners, and authoring several teacher resource books. Now, Dr. Duncan is bringing her years of theory and best practices to the early childhood classroom in the form of the Sense of Place furniture collection - an exclusive to the Kaplan portolfio of furniture offerings. With its modern aesthetics, many authentic and true-to-real-life details, and considerations for what the youngest of children need to thrive best in their first learning environments, the Sense of Place collection provides ECE educators a beautiful backdrop to creating the most meaningful and lasting of learning experiences for years to come.