· practice classifying, counting, comparing, and measuring.
· arrange objects according to size and gain an understanding of gravity and stability (by constructing a strong base and placing smaller blocks on top).
· become aware of depth, width, symmetry, shapes, and patterns.
· visualize 3D representations and spatial and geometric relationships.
· mentally envision rotations, slides, and flips.
In our students’ block play, we observe the children building horizontally as well as vertically. We see them add additional layers. We notice them positioning blocks to make roofs and create enclosed spaces within their structures. We see them add props such as plastic animals, cars, and Lego figures to extend their imaginary/pretend play. We notice that their building is becoming increasingly thought out and pre-planned, and we try to advance this learning by providing large graph paper so that children can create a map or a blueprint of their creations. The sophisticated and complex block play that we regularly observe indicates the children’s high degree of mathematical competence. Bravo les amis!