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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: September 25, 2013
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

When children are exposed to well-planned block play and wood working experiences they create, they build, they construct, and they stay engaged. Bringing block play and wood working to your program will help you facilitate children's development across domains in an engaging context. This course explores the many benefits of block play and wood working experiences for young children. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Identify elements of quality block play and wood working experiences for young children.
  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. Describe the ways in which block play and woodworking with children can be a component of cultural validation and building relationships with families.
  5. Identify solutions to common barriers and issues that arise when implementing block play and wood working experiences with children.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:

  1. Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
  2. Complete written observations and assignments.
  3. Complete a reflective journal.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

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

Department Notes

This course is a 1-credit elective class. The 1-credit elective classes are designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 - 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.