The Complete Guide to Learning and Playing with Blocks
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Author: Sharon MacDonald
Publisher: Gryphon House
Pages: 192, © 2001
Create craft-board trees, railroad tracks and skyscrapers, and watch children experience the joy of learning through blocks! Clear descriptions of what children learn by playing with blocks accompany the activities. Each activity considers the ability and interest level of the children, and encourages developmental skills such as problem-solving, math, science, language, and social skills. Block Play is a must-have for every teacher.
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
Sharon MacDonald, lives in San Antonio, Texas.