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ERIC Number: EJ1179083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Under Construction: Strategic Changes in the Block Area to Promote Engagement and Learning
Kuder, Brittany N.; Hojnoski, Robin L.
Young Exceptional Children, v21 n2 p76-91 Jun 2018
Environmental modifications to the block area are important to promote children's early spatial learning experiences. It is not enough just to include block materials in the classroom. Sarama and Clements (2009) have proposed that children's free play with novel math-related activities rarely facilitates the intended educational concepts without some form of initial guidance. Teachers looking to provide such guidance are encouraged to consider modifying aspects of the area's physical, programmatic, and social environments. This article describes a project in which environmental modifications to the block area were linked with children's increased engagement, fewer problem behaviors, higher interest in visiting the block area, and greater use of math talk and adaptive building strategies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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