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Young Children
December 1, 2021

Our Proud Heritage. Building the Kindergarten Curriculum

This article introduces the Patty Smith Hill blocks and describes how they helped one teacher build a curriculum and intentionally plan and teach in ways that engaged children in deep study of topics they could learn through firsthand experiences.

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Authored by: Elizabeth A. Sherwood
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Young Children
May 1, 2020

Learning Engineering through Block Play: STEM in Preschool

In recent years, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been increasingly emphasized for elementary-age children, and this trend should extend into preschool too. Blocks—a fundamental material found in almost all early childhood se

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Authored by: Zachary S. Gold James Elicker Barbara A. Beaulieu
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The Block Book, Third Edition
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January 1, 1996

The Block Book, Third Edition

Discover exciting possibilities for block play

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Authored by: Elisabeth S. Hirsch
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Two girls playing with blocks in classroom
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Young Children
March 1, 2015

Using Blocks to Develop 21st Century Skills

Many early childhood educators are struggling to create a balance between addressing new initiatives and providing children with the active, dynamic, and integrated learning experiences that block play offers.

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Authored by: Karen Wise Lindeman Elizabeth McKendry Anderson
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YC March 2015 Issue
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Young Children
Vol. 70, No. 1
March 1, 2015

March 2015

Blocks: Great Learning Tools From Infancy Through the Primary Grades
YC March 2015 Issue
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Young Children
March 1, 2015

Ten Things Children Learn From Block Play

In this article, NAEYC staff and Young Children consulting editors answer the question, “What do you think children learn through block play?” Here are some responses.

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Authored by: Derry Koralek
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