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More Block Play

January 27, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

Block building continued this week with the introduction of new as well as exploration of previously introduced blocks. The children also continued to practice stacking, sailing, and docking.

So far they have met the Unit, Square, Double, and Tall Pillar.

What can you do with these blocks?

Build Strong and Safe structures.

What do you noice about the relationship between the different types?

If you put some together, they look like other blocks!

Discoveries!

 

“Four squares make a Double!”                                      “Two Units make a Double!”

More discoveries… 

 

“Two Squares are as tall as Pillars!”                                “Two Pillars make a Unit!”

Children covered a big board with blocks they know.

How many of each block did they use?

What if they took out a unit or double block. What else could fill the gap?

Cleaning Up the Blocks

Cleaning up the blocks also have an important role to play in the learning.

They contribute to:

  • Safe and Strong Building
  • Support teamwork skills
  • Understanding how to break down a task

Stacking and Sailing

After Stacking (blocks are piled 4 high), children push the block piles to the shelf where the particular block lives.

Docking

Children put the block back on the shelf where it lives.

Sossi Essajanian

Teacher, Sky Class

Sossi Essajanian is excited to continue her teaching and learning journey at the Mustard Seed School. She began teaching at the United Nations International School where she worked with children and colleagues from around the world. This inspired her to take a primary teaching position abroad in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she lived and worked for two years.

Ms. Essajanian has a passion for supporting children’s social/emotional skills and learning through a loving and caring classroom community. These are built on creating shared understandings and opportunities for children to identify and express their feelings and of those around them. She believes in creating experiences through pair and group work where learning blossoms through social experiences.

Ms. Essajanian also enjoys reading and talking about books and continues to pursue her second passion: editing. She’s worked in various editorial capacities in newspapers, magazines, and books. She was recently excited to serve as the development editor of a children’s book about engineering and is looking forward to leading some tinkering investigations of her own with her students!

In her free time Ms. Essajanian runs, swims laps, and likes to take long walks to explore the world around her.

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