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Young Children Learning Math and Science through Block Play
As Math and Science have come to the forefront of our nation’s educational concerns, the University of Idaho Parents as Teacher Demonstration Project designed strategies and tools to develop these important skills in our youngest students. BLOCK Fest™ was the result of these efforts and the financial support from grants and corporate sponsors.
Research shows that children build math and science skills from the earliest years of life and that play provides a natural learning lab for such development. Block play offers a rich opportunity for early math and science learning and the development of social, emotional, language, motor and cognitive skills.
The Twiga Foundation, Inc., located in Boise, Idaho, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with the University of Idaho for the exclusive license to produce and distribute BLOCK Fest™, a program designed to help parents support the development of pre-math and science skills through block play for children ages 8 months to 8 years.
The Twiga Foundation, founded by former Idaho First Lady Patricia Kempthorne, is dedicated to inspiring, promoting and maintaining family-consciousness in the home, the workplace and the community. The Twiga Foundation, Inc. is currently involved across the nation with various projects addressing the qualities of a creative and productive American workforce for the 21st century. “With the addition of BLOCK Fest™ to enhance the Twiga Foundation mission, we are investing in family-consciousness at home and the development of the workforce of the future.” (Patricia Kempthorne)
In the simplest terms, BLOCK Fest™ is a community educational event...
It is an interactive exhibit that provides families with young children under the age of 8 with a rich, hands-on math and science learning opportunity. The exhibit has been shown to increase parent knowledge of early development in the areas of math and science education, while providing opportunities to increase social skills and literacy opportunities for young children.
The importance of young children developing basic abilities in literacy and numeracy in the early years is recognized globally. International research has found that the majority of children who leave the early years unable to read, write or perform basic mathematical operations find it difficult to progress in later years. School systems worldwide are working to improve children’s learning in these areas and BLOCK Fest™ offers the opportunity for parents to help their children become math and science thinkers.