by Shirley Rempel|
In all the years I have worked with young children, block play has been a perpetual favorite activity. Block play provides hours of entertainment, while teaching children about sharing, turn taking, math, physics, role playing and more. So when a resource comes around that allows me to incorporate children's favorite activities with new ideas I will jump at the chance to use it.
Teaching Numeracy, Language, and Literacy with Blocks is one resource that all Early Childhood Educators must have in their professional library! It is very well organized and includes a TON of activities to engage young children in fun and educational activities.
One of the things that I love about this book is that it takes you through the various developmental stages of block play (discovery, towers and roads, doorways and bridges, fences and walls, patterns, pretending, and making things known). Individual chapters are dedicated to exploring each period and give the caregiver a lot of ways to observe and enhance not only children's play, but learning, during each stage. You will be given things to look for, and ways to engage conversation with a child in each stage. The book also includes a chapter on safety in block play and suggestions for the amount and type of blocks to have in your child care program to have ideal learning taking place, including a fantastic chart to reference on page 130.
If you are looking for ways to enhance block play by including numeracy, language and literacy I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is truly a fantastic resource that I will use for many years to come.
I give Teaching Numeracy, Language, and Literacy With Blocks a HUGE thumbs up!