Using Blocks to Build Creative, Inclusive Early Childhood Environments

Focus on: Grades Pre-K - 2
Course Number: TEWS709N

Blocks, and the dramatic play that accompanies block building, offer  children multiple and diverse opportunities to express their understanding of the social and physical world in which they live. From the early efforts of three- and four-year-olds to stack and balance blocks to the dynamic communities of stores, services, and homes built by six- and seven-year-olds, children can experience a growing and vital sense of community. Working collaboratively to design block buildings, children learn to articulate and solve problems, to negotiate, and to cooperate.

In this workshop, you will learn how to organize block-building areas in the classroom and get all the children involved—both boys and girls. We will also examine how math, reading, writing, art, science, and woodworking can be incorporated in natural and meaningful ways. Field trips, and the opportunities for first-hand research that they provide, are an essential component of a block program and will also be discussed.

July 28 and 29
Monday and Tuesday, 5 - 9 pm

.6 CEU $275 (not offered for credit)
Materials fee $10
Registration Deadline: 07/21/2014