3 years & up. Influenced by Scandinavian kitchen design, this modern set features a butcher-block inspired countertop made of birch plywood, electroplated chrome goose-neck faucet, and farmhouse-inspired sink made of white ABS plastic. The metal oven-rack and faucet reinforce the Sense of Place Collection's mission of using authentically-inspired and sensory-based materials to provide an engaging experience for learners. The farmhouse sink and realistic ABS plastic burners can be removed for easy cleaning while the polypropylene (PP) plastic oven knobs, solid birch oven door handle, and acrylic oven window bring the smallest, authentic details from home to the classroom encouraging dramatic play. Constructed with white-laminated plywood interior and side panels, and a solid birch apron and feet, this sturdy kitchen is built for play. The cubby underneath the sink also fits a standard classroom woven basket, providing additional storage for dramatic play materials. Measures 28"H x 40"W x 16"D. Ships Fully Assembled (Faucet Requires Installation, Instructions Included). Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Sense of Place, created by author, speaker, and early childhood educator Dr. Sandra Duncan, builds upon the belief in the importance of young children's environments. Woven throughout this collection are four essential beliefs that serve as a foundation for this spirited collection:
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 (doctorate students and early childhood students), designing and writing professional development programs for practitioners, and authoring several teacher resource books including her latest effort with Jody Martin and Sally Haughey, Through a Child’s Eyes.
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 in early education classrooms for years to come.
“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