A Constructivist Approach to Block Play in Early Childhood, 1st Edition

  • Karyn Wellhousen, Ph.D. University of South Alabama
  • Judith Kieff, Ed.D. University of New Orleans
  • ISBN-10: 0766815374  |  ISBN-13: 9780766815377
  • 224 Pages
  • © 2001 | Published
  • List Price = $ 111.95
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The value of block building in early childhood programs is reinforced in this new and comprehensive book. Current issues of interest to educators and parents receive special attention: how gender influences block play, establishing home-school connections, choosing and implementing relevant assessments, strategies for incorporating IEP/IFSP goals for children with special needs and abilities, and findings regarding brain development and play. Theory into Practice activities help the user take those important first steps to implementing the strategies discussed.

Features and Benefits

  • Description of 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 in early childhood classrooms
  • Exploration of teacher/parent roles in facilitating block play enhances child's learning processes
  • Techniques to include children with special needs expand outreach of block and building activities

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The History and Evolution of Blocks for Learning and Play.
Chapter 2: Brain Development and Learning.
Chapter 3: Stages of Block Play.
Chapter 4: Teacher's Role in Promoting and Assessing Block Play.
Chapter 5: Block Play in Infancy and the Toddler Years.
Chapter 6: Block Play for Preschool and Kindergarten Children.
Chapter 7: Block Play in the Primary Grades.
Chapter 8: Including Everyone in Block Play.
Appendix A: Toy Preference Inventory.

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Bundle: Inquiry into Math, Science & Technology for Teaching Young Children + A Constructivist Approach to Block Play in Early Childhood

ISBN-10: 141805772X | ISBN-13: 9781418057725

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