After six years of facilitating professional development sessions on the exploration of materials with teachers, I am more convinced than ever that blocks are one of the most essential materials for the early childhood classroom.
Children in the Liverpool area have been benefiting from an initiative to inspire learning through block play.
The first weekend in May 2016 found a small delegation from the UK in a little village in Germany, rediscovering Froebel in Keilhau, the great educator’s valley for education.
Research shows that early math skills may be a better indicator of later academic success than early reading skills. So how should teachers prepare young children for math education?
The most important thing in encouraging constructive play for young children is to understand the value of this kind of play, in and of itself, and not to view it as preparation for future academic success and development, or as a bridge to symbolic/fantasy play. Children should be encouraged and...
When children play with blocks, they are practicing mathematical skills.
Block play opens a doorway to discovery of math, technology, engineering, design and even architecture.
Take the time to choose the best. Poorly made blocks are frustrating for children to build with.
Almost all children enjoy playing in the block area and can find something to do with blocks, whether or not they have ever played with them before.
What learning opportunities are you offering the children in your setting? Do you have open ended activities?