Archive for October, 2017

Learning to Reason Through Play

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In the grand scheme of things there are two big categories when it comes to learning; academic learning and intellectual learning. Neither of these categories stands alone, they are interdependent and both are critical for a lifetime of learning. Critical thinking skills fall under the umbrella of intellectual learning and are a big focus for us here at DCM.

The research is undeniable, the best way to develop critical thinking skills ...

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The Adult Role in Block Play

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Have you heard? As a part of our new daily drop-in programming we are offering facilitated block building! Unit blocks are a powerful teaching tool that have the ability to support all areas of a child’s development. Early childhood educators have been capitalizing on teachable moments arising in their block areas around the world for many years.

In fact, progressive educator Caroline Pratt began shedding light on the importance of unit block play in the early 1900’s. In the coming weeks ...

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