Playful Directions

Mrs. Forst's Pre-Kindergarten Blog

Building Connections

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We love blocks in our classroom. We have large blocks, small blocks, magnetic blocks, wooden blocks, plastic blocks, sometimes we even make our own cardboard blocks. We tote them around, build them out and up, design rooms and spaces, use them as imaginary tools, and create intricate structures to support our stories. Sure, they’re fun, but why highlight them as a major part of our daily life?

Experimenting with blocks engages our children’s physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and language development.  While building in a group, a child will engage in dialog regarding sharing, shape usage, design planning, and idea exchanges. A quick article explaining more about the learning behind block use can be found in the Community Playthings Resources

At this time of the year we usually see much of the second stage of block building, creating rows and stacks.

 

http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/blocks/blockbuilding.html

http://www.teachingstrategies.com/content/pageDocs/CC4_Ch6_exrpt.pdf

Author: Marie Forst

Growing and learning through an interest driven, emergent curriculum in an idyllic landscape. Welcome to the North Hills Campus @ WT where learning transcends the walls.

2 thoughts on “Building Connections

  1. Thank you for sharing, Marie. I enjoy your posts.

  2. The heart and soul of a preschool classroom!

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