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Block Play: The Complete Guide to Learning and Playing with Blocks

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With over 50 great activities, Block Play is a must-have for every teacher. Clear descriptions of what children learn by playing with blocks accompany the activities. Each activity encourages developmental skills such as problem-solving, math, science, language, and social skills. Watch children experience the joy of learning through blocks!

Sharon MacDonaldis the best-selling author of Squish, Sort, Paint, & Build and Everyday Discoveries. She has been involved in early ...

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Overview

With over 50 great activities, Block Play is a must-have for every teacher. Clear descriptions of what children learn by playing with blocks accompany the activities. Each activity encourages developmental skills such as problem-solving, math, science, language, and social skills. Watch children experience the joy of learning through blocks!

Sharon MacDonaldis the best-selling author of Squish, Sort, Paint, & Build and Everyday Discoveries. She has been involved in early childhood classrooms for 28 years, and now spends her time training teachers and writing books and articles. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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"I was amazed to discover that Block Play teaches all the skills and concepts necessary for children to be successful learners. As a librarian I appreciate the bibliography of related books." - Carolyn Olson, Willmar Public Library

"Block Play is titled 'The Complete Guide to Learning and Playing with Blocks'! And so it is! Information about the benefits and values of block play, the stages of block play and the role of the teacher in block play is written in a simple, easy-to-understand style. The author uses the example of one child to illustrate how all kinds of learning can take place within the confines of the block area. The second half of the book features specific activities to enhance block play at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels." - Laverne Nelson, Research Associate University of Arkansas

"I have not seen a book on teaching with blocks since the NAEYC book that is about 20 or more years old. This book is terrific. The sections I especially like and find useful for my classroom instruction and workshops are the chapter on Assessment especially the section on stages of development and the chapters on Activities for various levels. I talk and demonstrate about blocks and their uses in my environment class and my method class. This book will be a great asset for the students to have after they have completed the classes and they are in their first job having to justify why they want to spend several hundred dollars on a set of unit blocks or having to explain to parents on how and what children have learned with the blocks in the classroom." - Janie H. Humphries, Ed.D., Professor and Coordinator of Early Childhood Education, Louisiana Tech University

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I was skeptical about this book; really, who needs to learn how to play with blocks? However, the book is written by a teacher about her experiences using blocks to teach a wide range of skills to young children. She gives a specific case study in which a new kindergarten student found blocks very helpful in making a successful transition from home to school. Teachers will find instructions for setting up a block center, analyzing the stages of block play and doing an assessment in the Block Center. Specific activities range from beginning to advanced, including "How many blocks high am I" and building simple machines such as levers and inclined planes. Simple black-and-white illustrations complement the text and provide sufficient detail to complete the activities. 2001, Gryphon House, $19.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876592533
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Sharon MacDonald, M.Ed., has been training teachers throughout the United States for more than fifteen years. Her training workshops and presentations focus on a variety of early childhood topics based on years of classroom experience. With a master's degree in education, Sharon has taught ages ranging from three-year-olds to adults and an inclusion program for children with disabilities. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at early childhood education conferences and has written many magazine articles.
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