Block Building is Mind Building
Block building is an integral part of the early childhood curriculum. From two years old to 2nd grade, Stevens students learn on multiple levels as they move from stacking and balancing blocks in the preschool program to the creation of intricate structures that represent knowledge attained from in-depth studies conducted in 2nd grade. Used on a daily basis, blocks provide the means for children to express their understanding of the social and physical world around them and foster skills in negotiation, cooperation and collaborative problem-solving.
Block building teaches problem-solving, and as children advance, they move from experimenting with various materials to confidently selecting the blocks that best suit their designed creations. Students learn about engineering concepts, architecture and build a deeper understanding of why some designs succeed and other don’t.
In 2nd grade, students engage in an intensive study of the Brooklyn Bridge, its construction, history and importance to the development of New York City. The collaborative recreation of the Brooklyn Bridge is an important milestone at Stevens. Learn more in this article from the Stevens SCOOP.