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Creating the Block Center This post is part 2 of a series of posts about learning centers. This post will focus on the block center. I have repeated the general guidelines for setting up centers from the initial post.
If you would like to read about creating an art center, then click here. Setting up Learning Centers Organizing, developing, and carrying out centers is an extremely complex task and one made of up many layers.
When the work is put in up front and centers are well thought out and planned for, they can run smoothly and offer great academic, social-emotional, and developmental value to an early childhood classroom. These are a few of the resources I have used over the years to assist me in implementing learning centers with young children.
General Guidelines for Learning Centers Organize Using Appropriate and Engaging Materials Every learning center should contain materials that are displayed in a neat organized and attractive manner. Materials should be on display on low, open shelves that are within reach of the child.
Materials, activities, and equipment should be stored in their own containers. Label each storage container with both a picture and words written in the correct mix of capital and lowercase letters.
Designate a special place on the shelf for each individual container with a corresponding label. Supervising All Centers When setting up your room for learning centers, consider whether you will be able to visually manage activities in all of the centers from wherever you are in the room.
Look at the way centers are arranged in relationship to one another. Your students need to be able to moved freely from one center to another without disrupting the work of other children. Define Clear Center Boundaries Clearly define the space in each center using small area rugs, colored tape lines on the floor, or by arranging shelves and other pieces of furniture to create and define center boundaries.
Using Signs Label each center clearly with center signs that include words and pictures that define that particular learning center. Block Center When young children build with blocks, they learn about mathematical concepts such as quantity, size, shape, and number.
They become mindful of scientific principles such as the force of gravity and the operation of simple machines such as levers and inclined planes.
They learn to think, plan, and problem solve as they work with others and their structures take shape. Block play gives children opportunities to create, cooperate, and communicate with others. It supports social learning through children working together to share materials, space, and ideas.
It supports literacy development when children "write" signs and "read" task cards. Hand-eye coordination and visual discrimination are strengthened when students group blocks that are the same size and shape at clean-up time.
Almost anything skill you might want to teach a young child can be taught through block play. Ideally, the blocks center should be in an out-of-the-way corner of the room where there is little foot traffic.While I new what phonological awareness was and how to teach the different aspects of it, I spent more time pushing letter and individual sound recognition and less time counting words in a sentence, segmenting and blending syllables, onset-rime, alliteration, and rhyming.
If you are like me, then you have listened to sessions and read books and articles about phonological awareness for years and you know it represents a critical step in helping young children understand that letters or groups of letters can represent phonemes or sounds, but have you really thought about what that means?
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