Every year, the Center for Early Childhood Education, Eastern Connecticut State University conducts a survey in which researchers observe children playing with a variety of toys -nominated by teachers, parents, researchers, and children themselves - in a free play setting in preschool classrooms. They code children’s use of the toys in three areas: thinking/learning/problem solving, social interaction, and creativity.
Get ready and set to play: You did your homework and now are in possession of a set of blocks, not just any blocks, but Unit Bricks— specially designed to aid kids’ learning and development. Give yourself a pat on the back and check the most important step off your list. But what to do with that stack of objects sitting on the floor? We’ll walk you through how to get properly set up so kids can put their block set to the best use and be on their way to building structures of their dreams!
Every now and then an especially noteworthy person comes along. They challenge existing norms without care for bucking a trend. Caroline Pratt is one of those people. We are such big fans of her work, in fact, we consider her our hero. The American born, Pratt (1867-1954) revolutionized education as we know it.