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Did you know that your child knows how to use a Magical Block Knife?

February 10, 2021 | Nathan Johnson

Remember the unit?


Well, what happens if you cut it in half?


What shape do you get?

A square!

What if you cut it in half the other way?

A pillar!

Instead of making smaller blocks, let’s make something BIGGER!


What do you get when you put two units

(or four squares, or four pillars)


 … a DOUBLE!

Their work is getting bigger –

We need big boards!


With units, squares, pillars, and doubles,

there is so much we can build…

The children are learning to use different blocks as “connectors” to bridge the cracks in our structures and make them stronger

Right now the children are building enclosures,

(a fence with no gaps)

to keep our Lego animals from escaping…


The children are learning so much about shapes, their proportions and how they fit together, spatial awareness … Not to mention teamwork and their imaginations!

 Stay tuned to watch our block area grow…

Nathan Johnson

Rivers Class Assistant Teacher & Lower School Visual Art Teacher

Nathan Johnson graduated in 2004 from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (focusing on Illustration, Art History, and Puppetry), Theatre, and Elementary Education, followed by further time in Europe studying Art, and in Nova Scotia working with adults with developmental differences.

Happily back at his Alma mater (MSS class of 1995) Nathan has passionately committed his career to preserving the dignity and wonder of childhood. As children are more and more burdened with technology and privilege, he believes that in order for children to learn and grow, they must be given freedom within structure, choices with guidance, allowed to play, struggle, get dirty, and above all, for each child to be taught that they are a beloved child of God.

When not in the classroom, Nathan can be found kayaking, camping, hosting a game night, wandering around New York City, making friends with strangers, and spending time with his 11 nieces and nephews.

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