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Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Skills Through Spatial Learning

Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Skills Through Spatial Learning

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by Mary Jo Pollman
     
 

ISBN-10: 159857101X

ISBN-13: 2901598571010

Pub. Date: 06/28/2010

Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company


Spatial development should be part of every young child's education—it's linked with higher achievement not just in math and science, but across all academic areas. Now early childhood educators have a guidebook to help them seamlessly integrate spatial learning into their everyday curriculum.

Focusing on areas key to academic success-math, science, art

Overview


Spatial development should be part of every young child's education—it's linked with higher achievement not just in math and science, but across all academic areas. Now early childhood educators have a guidebook to help them seamlessly integrate spatial learning into their everyday curriculum.

Focusing on areas key to academic success-math, science, art and literature, and social studies-early childhood expert Mary Jo Pollman gives teachers research-based insights and ready-to-use activities for promoting children's spatial development throughout the school day. Developed for use with children in preschool through third grade, this innovative teacher training resource

  • Aligns with key focal points specified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Math Panel Report, and the National Science Education Standards
  • Helps children progress in specific areas where U.S. students are falling behind—particularly geometry and geography
  • Improves teacher quality—helps them plan a successful, well-rounded curriculum with creative, age-appropriate activities
  • Strengthens the home-school learning connection with suggestions for games that parents and children can do together
  • Uses easy-to-find materials—shows how to improve spatial skills with everyday items like blocks, play dough, puzzles, globes, and objects found in nature
  • Is fully supported by the latest research and highly respected educational theories, clearly explained throughout the book so teachers know the why behind the how
  • Provides a foundation for later success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields

A great inservice professional development resource and an essential text for preservice teachers, this book is key to creating a curriculum that actively promotes spatial development and sets the stage for strong math, science, and other academic skills.
See which domain of school readiness in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Outcomes Framework this book addresses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901598571010
Publisher:
Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents


About the Author
About the Contributor
Preface
Acknowledgments

I. Theoretical Background

  1. An Overview of Research on Spatial Development
  2. A Curriculum that Promoted Spatial Development: Friedrich Froebel, a Trained Architect and Mathematician

II. Spatial Development Throughout the Curriculum

  1. Spatial Development and Math
  2. Spatial Development and Art and Literature
  3. Spatial Development and Social Studies
  4. Spatial Development and Science
    Sandra Phifer
  5. Spatial Relationships and Technology
  6. Where Are All the Blocks?
  7. Innovation and Spatial Development in the Future
References

Appendixes
A. Using the Froebelian Gifts to Promote Further Mathematical Knowledge
B. Grids Provide an Organizational Scheme for Studying Shape and Form
C. Vocabulary and Spatial Activities
D. Games and Activities
E. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Prekindergarten Through Grade 2 Curriculum Focal Points and Connections
F. Literature, Readings, and Resources
Index

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Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Skills Through Spatial Learning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jrhodes More than 1 year ago
This is not just another textbook for teachers. I am a mother of two and have used with my kids. It offers great suggestions on teaching science and math through blocks and other manipulatives, that is critical in creating strong spatial and geometric development skills all which are now being shown to strengthen math and science. I highly recommend for parents and teachers looking for more activities.