Monday, May 9, 2011

Using Blocks to Develop Vocabulary

          When I was a preschool teacher one of my favorite areas to teach was in my block area.  Blocks are such a great tool to develop math and science skills as well as imagination and literacy.  Today I’m going to talk about how to help your child develop a rich vocabulary using blocks.  Imagination play is a great tool for conversing with your child.  Try moving all the furniture to one side and build a city with them.  Speak their language but incorporate some bigger words into the play, “Wow that building is so big!  It looks like a skyscraper!”  Some other words to use: architect, architecture, automobile, ambulance, elevator, crosswalk, or intersection.   
 I usually print the words off with pictures to put up around the city or on the walls, that way your child will learn some word recognition too.  If they remain involved you can have them write out the words to label different parts of the city.  In my classroom I had many kids, particularly boys, who hated to write unless it was for the block area. 
Note: Let your child dictate where the conversation goes.  I know there have been times when I thought we were going to be talking about a city and it turned out aliens came and took us to outer space.  Our playtime ended up being a great talk about spaceships, stars, and the different planets but never would have happened if I had been rigid in my instruction. 

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At June 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Susie B. Homemaker said...

I think child led learning is the best way to go. When they're having fun they're going to want to learn (without knowing it) and it'll come easier.

Thanks for linking up with the Weekend Wind Down... I'm following you back now also. :)

At June 11, 2011 at 2:19 PM , Anonymous Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl said...

I'm always up for following Cutie Pie's much easier! I love the reminder to stop and play with them in an area they are comfortable to promote learning!


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