Building Knowledge in Pk 3

Ms. Ginni's Class

SHOW AND TELL!!

Sami brought beautiful pictures of great historical buildings to share with her friends.

The three little what???

We talked about the range of materials that can be used to build homes.

This week we shared many different versions of the three little pigs. Clara brought a very small version with cute pictures and a picture of her Grandma's brick house in England. The Children were really excited to see that brick houses ARE REAL!!

Ms. Ginni loved the Three Ninja Pigs! It is such a fresh twist on the classic story.

Why is Block Play Important for Preschoolers?

Building with blocks provides one of the most valuable learning experiences available for us. Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional and language.

We are starting to build enclosures that resemble zoos, farm pens, roads and castles. We are learning concepts such as sorting, ordering, counting, one to one correspondence, size and shape.

Math and Number Awareness

Math and Number Awareness involves a variety of skills, including:

1) Numeral identification (recognizing all 10 numerals from 0 through 9 and knowing each numeral’s name);

2) Counting;

3) One-to-one correspondence;

4) Counting on;

5) Patterning recognition and creation; and

6) Sorting and classifying.

Math learning is most exciting for us when hands-on manipulatives are incorporated. Manipulatives (little toys) give children tangible representations of the otherwise abstract concepts related to numbers and counting.

Introducing Addition

Ms. Ginni believes that exposure to this skills begins at a very young age, even before children may even have mastered one to one correspondence, and she also thinks that this exposure can influence enthusiasm and ease of learning as children get older.

Ms. Ginni was pleasantly surprised at how long this activity kept our attention, which not only leads her to believe that we are ready to learn such skills (with guidance), but that preschoolers are capable of learning rather difficult concepts if broken down into manageable concepts to practice.

Enjoy the pictures and try this at home!…and let me know how it goes for you!