Sense of Place by Sandra Duncan
Exclusively from Kaplan

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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Fireplace$549.95 Tan Vinyl Couch$299.95 Tan Vinyl Chair$209.95 Blue Leaf Carpet$295.95

Nature is our greatest teacher.

Edna Walling

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.

Curio Storage$474.95
Circle Woven Mirror Trays$119.95

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.

Tan Vinyl Couch$299.95 Tan Vinyl Chair$209.95 Woven Baskets$109.95 Blue Leaf Carpet$295.95

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.

Sandra Duncan, EdD, Jody Martin and Sally Haughey,
Through a Child's Eyes
Range and Sink$475.95 Refrigerator$299.95 Circle Acrylic Mirror$159.95 Armoire$445.95 Kitchen Island Stools$179.95 Rectangular StorageBaskets$99.95 Kitchen Island$524.95 Nature's Stripe GreenCarpet

Immediately feels like the classroom is an extension of the home, where everyone would feel comfortable and welcome.

Jaime Rechkemmer, VP Education, Childcare Network (Columbus, GA)
24" CompartmentStorage $309.95

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.

Jessica Deviney, Sandra Duncan, EdD, Sara Harris, Mary Ann Rody, and Lois Rosenberry
30" CompartmentStorage$345.95 Curio Storage$474.95 Refrigerator$299.95 Oval Table$319.95 Farmhouse Tableand Benches$782.95 Woven Baskets$109.95 Highland StripeOval Carpet$295.95 Blue Leaf Carpet$295.95 Tan Vinyl Couch$299.95

Insights and Inspirations

from Sandra Duncan

The Importance of Sensory-Based Classrooms

Young children are wired to be sensory beings. A well-designed classroom, therefore, requires a diversity of materials that offer both visual and tactile experiences. An easy and economical way to provide these sensory-based experiences is through nature.

Why Nature-Inspired Classroom Design Matters

Nature is our greatest teacher. Nature reminds us each and every day about the power of beauty–from the smallest seashell to the giant oak tree. Nature's patterns, swirls, vibrant colors, and the natural progression of life cycles teach us about continuity, expectations, and nourishes our souls.

Why Heart-Centered Environments Matter

Scientific research is now confirming there is a significant link between young children's internal beings and their external environments. We know, for example, that bright primary colors can have a negative influence on children's behaviors and their ability to focus.

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Furniture and Accessories

Sense of Place Curio Storage
Sense of Place Curio Storage
Item 31673
$474.95
Sense of Place Range and Sink
Sense of Place Range and Sink
Item 31698
$475.95
Sense of Place Refrigerator
Sense of Place Refrigerator
Item 31703
$299.95
Sense of Place Kitchen Island
Sense of Place Kitchen Island
Item 31704
$524.95
Sense of Place 42" Oval Table
Sense of Place 42" Oval Table
Item 31757
$319.95
Sense of Place Armoire
Sense of Place Armoire
Item 31692
$445.95
Sense of Place Tan Vinyl Couch
Sense of Place Tan Vinyl Couch
Item 33139
$299.95
Sense of Place Tan Vinyl Chair
Sense of Place Tan Vinyl Chair
Item 33140
$209.95
Sense of Place Farmhouse Table and Two Benches
Sense of Place Farmhouse Table and Two Benches
Item 33066
$782.95
Sense of Place Fireplace
Sense of Place Fireplace
Item 31680
$549.95
Sense of Place Kitchen Island Stools - Set of 2
Sense of Place Kitchen Island Stools - Set of 2
Item 32844
$179.95
Sense of Place 30" Compartment Storage
Sense of Place 30" Compartment Storage
Item 31672
$345.95
Sense of Place 24" Compartment Storage
Sense of Place 24" Compartment Storage
Item 32845
$309.95
Sense of Place Rectangular Storage Baskets - Set of 3
Sense of Place Rectangular Storage Baskets - Set of 3
Item 31875
$99.95
Sense of Place Circle Acrylic Mirror
Sense of Place Circle Acrylic Mirror
Item 31868
$159.95
Sense of Place Circle Woven Mirror Trays - Set of 3
Sense of Place Circle Woven Mirror Trays - Set of 3
Item 31882
$119.95
Sense of Place Woven Baskets - Set of 3
Sense of Place Woven Baskets - Set of 3
Item 31708
$109.95
Sense of Place Nature's Stripes Blue Carpet - 6' X 9'
Sense of Place Nature's Stripes Blue Carpet - 6' X 9'
Item 33167
$295.95
Sense of Place Nature's Stripes Green Carpet - 6' X 9"
Sense of Place Nature's Stripes Green Carpet - 6' X 9"
Item 33171
$295.95
Sense of Place Blue Leaf Carpet - 6' X 9'
Sense of Place Blue Leaf Carpet - 6' X 9'
Item 33168
$295.95
Sense of Place Green Leaf Carpet - 6' X 9'
Sense of Place Green Leaf Carpet - 6' X 9'
Item 33172
$295.95
Sense of Place Highland Stripe Blue Oval Carpet - 6' X 9'
Sense of Place Highland Stripe Blue Oval Carpet - 6' X 9'
Item 33170
$295.95
Sense of Place Highland Stripe Green Oval Carpet - 6' X 9'
Sense of Place Highland Stripe Green Oval Carpet - 6' X 9'
Item 33176
$295.95
Sense of Place Carpet Runner - Blue - 2' x 8'
Sense of Place Carpet Runner - Blue - 2' x 8'
Item 33169
$95.95
Sense of Place Carpet Runner - Green - 2' X 8'
Sense of Place Carpet Runner - Green - 2' X 8'
Item 33173
$95.95
Through a Child's Eyes - Paperback
Through a Child's Eyes - Paperback
Item 92826
$34.95
Inspiring Spaces for Young Children
Inspiring Spaces for Young Children
Item 18893
$34.95
Rethinking the Classroom Landscape - Paperback
Rethinking the Classroom Landscape - Paperback
Item 81334
$34.95
Sandra Duncan

About Sandra Duncan

Sandra Duncan 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.

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