Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Skills Through Spatial Learning (Paperback)

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Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Skills Through Spatial Learning (Paperback)

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Spatial development should be part of every young child's education--it's linked with higher achievement not just in math and science, but across all academic areas. Now early childhood educators have a guidebook to help them seamlessly integrate spatial learning into their everyday curriculum.

Focusing on areas key to academic success--math, science, art and literature, and social studies--early childhood expert Mary Jo Pollman gives teachers research-based insights and ready-to-use activities for promoting children's spatial development throughout the school day. Developed for use with children in preschool through third grade, this innovative teacher training resource

  • Aligns with key focal points specified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Math Panel Report, and the National Science Education Standards
  • Helps children progress in specific areas where U.S. students are falling behind--particularly geometry and geography
  • Improves teacher quality--helps them plan a successful, well-rounded curriculum with creative, age-appropriate activities
  • Strengthens the home-school learning connection with suggestions for games that parents and children can do together
  • Uses easy-to-find materials--shows how to improve spatial skills with everyday items like blocks, play dough, puzzles, globes, and objects found in nature
  • Is fully supported by the latest research and highly respected educational theories, clearly explained throughout the book so teachers know the why behind the how
  • Provides a foundation for later success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields

A great inservice professional development resource and an essential text for preservice teachers, this book is key to creating a curriculum that actively promotes spatial development and sets the stage for strong math, science, and other academic skills.


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Dr. Pollman is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She received her doctoral degree in early childhood education from Florida State University. A former lab school teacher at Florida State University as well as a kindergarten, first-, and third-grade teacher, Dr. Pollman has continued her study of early childhood education in Australia, Italy (Reggio Emilia), Japan (fellowship), Germany, and Canada. Her fascination with the work of Friedrich Froebel, a trained mathematician and architect and the father of kindergarten, led her to walk in the footsteps of Froebel in Oberweissbach, Bad Blankenburg, Rudolstadt, and Berlin, Germany, in 2007.At the national level, Dr. Pollman is presently Vice President in charge of membership of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) and a member of the Professional Development Panel of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); she has reviewed early childhood programs for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Dr. Pollman is a past president of the Presidents' Council of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). At the state level, she has served as a past state president of the Alabama Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and the Colorado ACEI. She is currently an active board member of Colorado Association of the Education of Young Children and the Colorado ACEI and holds other current memberships in organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council for the Social Studies. A frequent presenter at NAEYC, NAECTE, and ACEI, Dr. Pollman has written many articles and position statements dealing with issues in the field of early childhood.
Product Details ISBN: 9781598571011
ISBN-10: 159857101X
Publisher: Brookes Publishing Company
Publication Date: June 7th, 2010
Pages: 200
Language: English