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Wellhousen, Karyn
A constructivist approach to block play in early childhood / Karyn Wellhousen, Judith Kieff
Albany, NY : Delmar/Thomson Learning, c2001
book jacket
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 4th Floor  LB1139.C7 W45 2001    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Block building (Children's activity)
Early childhood education
Physical Description xx, 220 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents 1. Revisiting tradition : history and evolution of blocks -- 2. Brain development and learning -- 3. Stages of block building -- 4. Block play in infancy and toddlerhood -- 5. Block play for preschool and kindergarten children -- 6. Block play in the primary grades -- 7. Creating environments for block builders -- 8. Including everyone in block play -- 9. Assessing children's block play -- Appendix A. Toy preference inventory -- Appendix B. Vendors of blocks and other construction materials
Review "From the first kindergarten classroom in 1837 to the start of the 21st century, block play has been a part of early childhood education. This new book is a fresh reminder of the importance of child-initiated learning such as block building. Current research on brain development, how gender influences block play, and establishing home-school connections are just a few of the issues that receive special attention. Educators, parents and, of course, children, will benefit from this comprehensive look at theoretical and practical ways of using building materials in infant/toddler programs, preschools and primary grade classrooms, and with children with special needs and abilities." "Key features: description of how current early age brain development research supports value of block play; scenarios demonstrate the developmental stages of block play; guidelines for starting block building programs provide constructive strategies for early childhood classrooms; exploration of how teacher/parent roles in facilitating block play enhance a child's learning process; and techniques to include children with special needs expand outreach of block and building activities."--BOOK JACKET
Alternate Author Kieff, Judith E

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