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Teaching Numeracy, Language, and Literacy with Blocks

Teaching Numeracy, Language, and Literacy with Blocks

Authors: Abigail Newburger MA, Elizabeth Vaughan PhD
Product Code: 316601
ISBN: 978-192961078-5
Format: Softbound
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Use block play to meet learning standards, develop core skills, and have fun!

By enhancing the block play in your classroom, you can help children acquire the emerging skills they need -- with numbers, vocabulary, and reading -- for kindergarten readiness. Newburger and Vaughan provide a theoretical foundation describing why and how to use blocks, and give guidance on selecting blocks and block safety.

With chapters on the seven developmental stages of block building in young children, Teaching Numeracy, Language, and Literacy with Blocks illuminates the learning potential in the common uses of block play, including:

  • constructing doorways and bridges
  • building fences and walls
  • creating patterns with blocks
  • using blocks in make-believe games
  • making known things

Each chapter includes suggestions on watching and listening; what to say and do; and charts matching behaviors, content, and concepts to academic standards.

This is a real how-to book you don't need to read from beginning to end. Simply find the chapter that suits your setting or curriculum and tailor it for a perfect fit!

Read the table of contents or a sample chapter of this book!

152 pages

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by Shirley Rempel
on 12/14/2011
Must Have!
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!
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