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Block Play and Woodworking for Young Children

Course Number: ECE 188
Transcript Title: Block Play, Woodworking
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2015
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Explores the many benefits, barriers and role of block play and wood working experiences for young children. Emphasis on design, implementation, evaluation and solutions to possible barriers and issues for children of varying ages (2 years to school age) and abilities. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify elements of quality block play and wood working experiences for young children including tools, safety, and family and community resources.
  2. Articulate the role of block play and wood working in the acquisition of skills and concepts across all developmental domains.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate block play and wood working experiences for children of varying ages (2 years to school age) and abilities.
  4. Identify solutions to common barriers and issues that arise when implementing block play and wood working experiences with children.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:  participation in class and small group activities, written observations, assignments, reflective journal

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include: class discussions, small group activities, observations of early education classrooms, written assignments, reflective journals

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

 

Course Content includes:

  • Benefits of and barriers to implementing block play and wood working experiences in programs for children
  • Design and implementation of quality block play and wood working experiences for children of varying ages and developmental levels.
  • Facilitating learning and development across domains with block play and wood working.
  • Tools for children.
  • Safety precautions.
  • Involving families in block play and woodworking experiences.
  • Community resources.
  • Addressing common barriers and issues that arise in block play and wood working experiences.

Department Notes

Students must receive a grade of a “C” or better in all certificate/degree required courses.