Building foundations for literacy

Boy playing with unit blocks

Take a good look at the block play in this photo. Note the concentration, attention to detail and repeating patterns. Both block play and writing are forms of symbolic representation. When we write, our marks on the paper represent ideas. Children creating with blocks are representing ideas as well. Learners need to express themselves in concrete ways before progressing to abstract methods. 

Through block play, children build a foundation for future literacy.

Boys in particular often express their intelligence in three-dimensional ways, like block play. So let’s appreciate children as they are, and allow them to unfold in their own ways. If they are as deeply engaged as the boy in this photo, we can trust that they are developing the fine motor control, and the confidence, that will ultimately support their writing skills – when they are ready.

For more on learning value of block play, watch this video.

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