February 25, 2019
Examining sets of unit blocks challenges educators to think about relationships of the blocks. A deeper understanding of the features of unit blocks empowers teachers to support children in ways that promote joyful math learning.
Thinking about sandwiches cut in half leads this boy to explore shape composition and equivalence with blocks.
A kindergarten teacher makes a strong case for how time spent playing with blocks supports mathematical thinking and learning in her classroom.
Building block towers provides a natural opportunity to measure height. In this scene, children use strings and a broom.
For kids books, geometry doesn't have to just be reciting the shapes. Here are books that can begin rich geometrical discussions.
Erikson Institute Early Math Collaborative hosted its first Summer Institute, Meaning-Making in Early Math Education (MEME), July 7-10, 2015. Over 100 participants took part in rigorous, hands-on sessions that explored the foundational math concepts that develop in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms.
This article from NPR's ongoing education blog discusses the strength of a familiar low-tech toy: the block. Even amid a technological revolution in teaching, which is bringing tablets, apps, and smartboards into more and more early learning classrooms, the block maintains its place as a time-tested learning tool.
Joanne Mulligan questions the efficacy of new electronic educational devices.
Jennifer McCray, director of the Early Math Collaborative, provides a play-by-play narration as a pre-k teacher leads her students through a tower building exercise with blocks. McCray provides insights into the complexity and impact of…