Today I will be taking a break from the 30 day challenge inviting learning, to join
PreK Partner for a Blog Hop series on learning centers.
Todays blog hop will be on setting up the block center and the importance of the block play in early childhood education.
The building center in my classroom is by fare one of the busiest learning centers in my classroom.
Children love blocks because they can be found in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Children can use blocks to support their dramatic play, to build and create structures that they can then use with toys.
So, why is the block center so important?
Block play enhances children’s development across several different domains.
When I play with blocks I learn...
I like to have three different types of blocks out in the center.
Enhance the play experience in the block area by adding accessories. Accessories will expand the play by adding a different dimension to the play.
Loose parts play a big role in my classroom and the block center is a great place to add loose parts.
What Teachers Should Know about Block Play
Children go through four different stages of block play.
Our role as the teacher is to thoughtfully listen to children as they are playing, to determine where their interest lie. This will help us to provide materials and props that will extend the play and build on their prior knowledge.
A 360 degree look at my block center.