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Posted 11/15/2018 06:34PM

PreKindergarten-4 students transform block area into a construction site

The next time you walk into the Big Room at the Early Childhood Campus, you may want to wear a hard hat!  Our PreKindergarten-4 students have transformed the blocks area into a construction site, complete with blueprints, building blocks and lots of pretend play.

For the past six weeks, the PreK-4 students have immersed themselves in a study of “Our Houses, Our Homes,” the current IB unit of inquiry.  The unit focuses on the structural and relational differences within homes, and the students have been busy reading and learning about houses and homes around the world.  Students have graphed everything from how many bedrooms they have to how many members are in each of their families; participated in building houses out of various small blocks, manipulatives, and even materials from nature found on the playground; and discussed how a two-dimensional blueprint becomes a three-dimensional house.

Last week, our PreK 4 students engaged in building houses and other structures in our blocks area, which has been transformed into a construction site. The children have been able to combine both dramatic play and block building in the newly designed area, using their knowledge about architects and blueprints as they plan how to construct their houses. They then have used their knowledge about building a house, combined with their own creativity, to build their block houses using the dress ups, props, and play tools provided in the area. The children have certainly enjoyed making their plans and building with their friends in the new construction site. Any observer of our blocks area might be reminded of the quote by Fred Rogers: “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”

Watch our builders in action!  

The Our Houses, Our Homes unit is part of the IB Primary Years Programme Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves.  Throughout the PYP (taught to children ages three – fifth grade), the transdisciplinary themes focus on issues that span subject areas.  How We Organize Ourselvesis an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making, economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

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