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Lessons from the Bowerbird

Posted by: Rhonda September 25, 2018

This is an invitation to think beyond the ordinary. Think beyond the pictures in the early childhood catalog. Think beyond the room next door. Think like a bowerbird.

Although an unlikely role model for teachers, this small native of the South Pacific may have a lot to teach us about intentional classroom décor. With painstaking precision, the male bowerbird selects and places beautiful objects in his nest, or bower. His one aim is to send a message to the female bowerbird: You are important.

“Unlike the clutter present in many early childhood classrooms, the objects in these bowers are intentionally chosen for their value and purposefully placed. Far from institutional, each nest is a unique and artistic creation. Take a new look at your classroom through the eyes of a bowerbird and see how you can make your space more appealing, beautiful, and purposeful.” Read more from Sandra Duncan.