ERIC Number: ED194223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Blocks: A Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood.
Creative Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
This Early Childhood Curriculum Manual, one of four manuals based on approaches developed in the "Celebration in Learning '76" program, provides guidelines for block play activity to adults who work with young children. The first chapter introduces unit blocks, explores some of the problems teachers commonly face in the block area, identifies the stages of development in using blocks and offers suggestions for teachers on a variety of topics including clean-up. Chapter Two considers the impact of the physical environment on children's behavior and ability to learn and offers suggestions for arranging furniture and materials in the block area. The teacher's role in the block corner is explained in Chapter Three. Chapter Four looks at how blocks can be used to recreate real life settings. The teacher's role in listening, observing, facilitating and supporting dramatic play is explained. The opportunities for learning math skills and for problem solving are presented in Chapter Five. The last chapter demonstrates how to make blocks and discusses other types of blocks and their care. At the end of each chapter there is a list of suggested activities which adults can try including some specific ways to implement the information in their own classrooms. An annotated bibliography of articles and books on blocks is included in the Appendix. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Early Childhood Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Role, Toys
Creative Associates, Inc., 4419 39th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20016 ($6.95; complete set of manuals, $47.55)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Creative Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.