Why Blocks Rock: How Block Building Supports Learning

  • October 19, 2016

The classic wood unit block set was designed in the early 1900s by Caroline Pratt, founder of the City & Country School in Manhattan. They have been an important part of early childhood classrooms ever since. Built to scale, the blocks allow children to experiment fitting parts to a whole: there is the central unit block, matched by the double unit and quad. As preschool director, I no longer have my own classroom. But when I did, the block area occupied nearly half of the space in my room.  Because of this, and because we highlighted the process in so many ways, those 4-year-olds were rockin’ block builders.

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