Together, children and parents explore math and science through block play.
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BLOCK Fest® is a research-based exhibit that helps raise awareness of early math and science learning by offering hands-on block play experiences to families with young children. Parents, preschool teachers, and the community will become more knowledgeable about the importance of early math and science learning as it impacts both school readiness and later math success
BLOCK Fest® is a family interactive event that uses five-block play stations to introduce children and their parents to the educational value of blocks.
BLOCK Fest® also educates communities about the short and long-term importance of early math and science learning
BLOCK Fest® was developed to provide an interactive block building experience for young children ages 8 months to 8 years and their parents.
At BLOCK Fest® parents learn about early math and science concepts and that early math learning is a strong predictor for school readiness
BLOCK Fest® supports parents and children to form an emotional bond during the learning experience. The exhibit has been shown to increase parent knowledge of early development in the areas of math and science education while providing opportunities to increase social skills and literacy opportunities for young children.
Parents discover how they can help their children learn early math and science concepts while they play with blocks through guided play and conversation.
THROUGH BLOCK PLAY YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING:
Children Are Born To Learn
Children start learning from the day they are born. Each day babies and young children learn new skills they will use as they grow. Parents are right there from the start, helping their children learn.
The opportunity for learning exists from day one. Nearly all of the billions of nerve cells that made up the mature brain are created before birth. Early on, the brain is continuously “wiring itself” as it produces an abundance of specialized nerve cell connections and pathways. The child’s early experiences strongly influence this wiring process, which in turn affects the child’s ability to learn.
A Culture of Math at Home
Children raised in cultures with high expectations for math consistently outperform their peers in cultures where excellence in math is optional. A “math-friendly” culture is one that views math as fun, friendly, important, a source of curiosity, and useful in everyday life.
Parents begin to nurture a culture of math at home by giving their child ample opportunity to explore and make decisions in an exciting and meaningful context.
Parents, side-by-side with their child in block play, model positive dispositions toward math and learning such as playfulness, curiosity, creativity, and problem solving. They are taking the first steps in creating their own math-friendly, math successful culture at home.
Young Math Thinkers Can Understand Words, Symbols & Quantity
Just as the beginning reader learns to recognize letters and sounds that make up words with meaning, the beginning math thinker must learn to recognize numbers, symbols and the quantities they represent as first steps to understanding math.
Giving children an early opportunity to understand, play and enjoy number work leads to early math success.
Young Children Learn by Using Their Body & Senses. They Learn by DOING.
According to Frank Lloyd Wright, his life as an architect began with a gift of blocks from his mother:
“I sat at the little Kindergarten tabletop … and played … with the cube, the sphere, and the triangle … I soon became susceptible to constructive patterns evolving in everything I saw. I learned to ‘see’ and when I did, I did not care to draw casual incidents of nature. I wanted to design.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect