These past two weeks, the boys have been busy building structures with blocks and the girls have been having picnic parties. The children were building collaboratively and playing nicely with one another. We saw children sharing and taking turns, being gentle to one another and using their words when conflicts arise. Our children are definitely growing and learning from each other.
Mystery Reader: Mayank (Bono's dad). Instead of reading a storybook, Mayank shared a story scenario and got the children involved grouping them into sea creatures, explorers and a treasure. The children had a great time acting out their parts.
Blocks: Blair (Sydney's mom)
A few of our children have been creating structures with blocks with their friends. We have been keeping the structures up for days at a time and they have been adding and changing things around. They have also added dinosaurs, cars and other classroom materials to improve their structure. When asked to talk about their structure, these were their responses:
It's a Dinosaur School.
Some of the dinosaurs are sick.
We are taking care of the dinosaurs and we are going to use the ambulance to bring the dinosaurs to the hospital.
There's a swimming pool in the school.
This is now a race car dinosaur house.
Mystery Readers: Lawrence (Osky's dad) and Itamar (Mirabel's dad)
Blocks: Tessa (Hector's mom)
The children have created a dinosaur house using the blocks and have been using their imagination to create story scenarios. One student said that the dinosaurs were sick and that the other animals are helping take care of the dinosaurs. We've kept the structure as the children add to it and change some part of the structure each day.
Activity time: Sulin (Sienna's mom) made healthy banana pops with the children.
Rachel (Isla's mom) made yummy pancakes with the children.
Miss Virginia was our special visitor this week. She came to our class to work with blocks with our children and focused on getting three blocks at a time, and sorting and stacking when it was time to tidy up. The children also shared and talked about the houses they made with the rest of the group.
This week, the children started building with blocks during exploration time. Children learn many concepts and skills through block play. It provides an excellent opportunity for social, physical development and creativity. When children construct, create and represent their experiences with blocks, they grow in the following areas of development:
Physical development: They gain strength in their small and large muscles and improve in their fine and gross motor control. (Gross motor for the use of hollow blocks which we have in our playground.)
Cognitive development: Playing with blocks gives children an opportunity to recreate the world they experience around them. The ability to create these representations of their experiences is the basis for abstract thinking.
Language and Literacy: The children describe and tell stories about their structures and while doing so, they increase their vocabularies when adults give them new words to use to add to their descriptions and stories.
Maths: Children learn about shape, size, number, counting, length, estimation, sorting and others when building with blocks.
The three most important rules that we have during block play are the following:
- Carry only one long block at a time and three small blocks at a time to prevent the blocks from falling on toes/or on classmates.
- Be respectful of others' structures by not touching them or knocking them over.
-Before tidying up the blocks, try your best to sort same blocks and stack them in 3's
- Tidy-up the blocks and try your best to put them in their right places on the shelves after building.