This week's blog is a learning story submitted by an early childhood educator in the Chicago area!
Blocks equal a mess but clean up time in a wonderful opportunity for a math lesson. It isn’t just basic shapes, sorting or counting but the opportunity to compose and decompose shapes. The block area allows hands on connections to the learning about numbers and shapes.
Deborah Dorfman has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 25 years. For the past 11 years she has been an adjunct lecturer in Child Development at Purdue Northwest and the City Colleges of Chicago. For 15 years she taught in an early child care center here in the Chicago land area. Deborah received her Master's in Child Development from Erikson Institute in 2002 and a B.A. in Education from Antioch College in Ohio. She has been a presenter at the C.A.E.Y.C. Opening Minds Conference and has conducted professional development workshops for Geminis Head Start Program and Catherine Cook School of Chicago in Block Play. When she is not in a classroom you can find her walking or riding a bike along the Chicago lakefront. Deborah's philosophy is simple, children learn through play!