I have become very interested in preschool math since helping with the activities described at blockfest.org and reading the National Research Councilâ€™s "Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity.â€ť
I highly recommend â€śThe Block Book,â€ť edited by Elisabeth S. Hirsch,to anyone in this group with interests in Early Childhood Education. The chapter in it by Kristina Leeb-Lundberg titled â€śThe Block Builder Mathematicianâ€ť contains wonderful memories from Frank Lloyd Wright about unit blocks. The chapter begins as follows.
â€śA Childâ€™s artistry in â€“ and feeling for â€“ block building is closely related to the true mathematicianâ€™s view of mathematics as a creative art. The aesthetic pleasure that adult mathematicians experience when they contemplate shape and form and their properties is similar to the pleasure and joy that children experience when they build. Blocks give children an entry into a world where objects have predictable similarities and relations. They can be explored and experimented with and, because of their specific shape be absolutely relied upon.â€ť
Does anyone else have experience with or ideas about the intersection of early childhood and STEM education?