Blockfest is a research-based exhibit that helps raise awareness of early math and science learning by offering hands-on block play experiences to families with young children. On July 5th parents, preschool teachers and our community volunteers become more knowledgeable about the importance of early math and science learning as it impacts both school readiness and later math success.
Our evening began with dinner and story time. We then met Mr. Chris O’Hara who is the Youth Service Coordinator at the library. He offered each family a library card and shared about all of the amazing programs and opportunities the library provides. Our families can use their library cards to check out books to read at home continuing our building and structures themes. Families will then fill in their Suncoast Summer Book Challenge reading log.
Our families then participated together in an interactive block building experience. In each center area community volunteers modeled playing and guided conversations using early math and science concepts such as counting, adding, comparing, predicting and patterning. Parents learned that early math learning is a strong predictor for school readiness. Children learned that playing with Mom and Dad is fun! Each family left with their own set of unit cube building blocks and pattern cubes so learning through block play can continue at home.