How Blocks Stack Up: Learning and Playing with Blocks
The Block Center may be the single most useful center in the early-childhood classroom. Blocks are useful because children are interested in them. Teachers are often reluctant to introduce blocks because they are noisy and hard to clean up. Noise and clean up problems can be overcome, however. The addition of blocks will add new enthusiasm for teaching math, language, literacy, creativity, science, problem-solving, and social-emotional skills. We will look at the developmental stages of block play so we can look at what needs to be available for the children to enhance that stage and encourage them to move to the next stage. We will talk about ways to enhance block play by using accessories that increase what your children are learning.