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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House; 1 edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876592531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876592533
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharon MacDonald, M.Ed., has been training teachers throughout the United States for more than fifteen years. Her training workshops and presentations focus on a variety of early childhood topics based on years of classroom experience. With a master's degree in education, Sharon has taught ages ranging from three-year-olds to adults and an inclusion program for children with disabilities. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at early childhood education conferences and has written many magazine articles.

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Sharon MacDonald, M.Ed., has been training teachers throughout the United States for more than fifteen years. Her training workshops and presentations focus on a variety of early childhood topics based on years of classroom experience. With a master's degree in education, Sharon has taught ages ranging from three-year-olds to adults and an inclusion program for children with disabilities. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at early childhood education conferences and has written many magazine articles. Sharon MacDonald, lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 3, 2001
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This book was written by a teacher and geared for preschool and Kindergarten teachers on the use of blocks and block play in the classroom. I read this as a mother and a homeschooler looking for information on how we can best use our "block center". I found this book would be most helpful for teachers (as it is intended).
The author has composed long lists of skills that children can learn through block play, itemized under the categories of math, science, art, literacy, physical development, social studies and social-emotional. These long lists would be helpful for teachers who need to prove to someone that playing with blocks is a worthwhile activity where learning thrives.
Ideas for setting up a block center in a classroom are detailed and are great for the classroom but don't translate completely to the home setting. There is a very brief section on choosing blocks, too brief, I believe. I was interested to hear about how many blocks one child would use and of which shapes are most played with so I can choose the best sets or a la carte blocks for our home. This information was not provided as the author states such information has been provided in other publications. Well, I was looking for that information in this book! Blocks are recommended to be stored in a sturdy shelf unit which I think is great but is quite costly for parents (the hardwood unit blocks are a large investment)! I also would have liked an appendix with sources for blocks, the best suppliers and best prices. Despite Internet access I am having problems finding these hardwood unit blocks. There are also ideas for making homemade blocks out of recycled products for younger children, such as large blocks made out of paper bags stuffed with newspaper and covered in contact paper.
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