Foundations of Math Through Open-Ended Materials

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Foundations of Math Through Open-Ended Materials

Description

Since C&C’s unit blocks are all fractional units or multiples of one another, they present many opportunities for learning mathematical concepts such as numbers, symmetry, patterns, mapping, measurement, sorting, classifying, spatial orientation, multiplication, fractions, and geometry. Through repeated exploration and experimentation with the unit blocks and other materials, the children come to intuit these concepts, then hone their understanding of them. And because children at City and Country have ample time to work with the materials, learning becomes an integral part of their daily lives. By the time fractions are formally introduced at age seven, the children are simply being given the language and symbols to illustrate ideas they already understand and have been thinking about since they were two years old.

Items in the Foundations of Math Through Open-Ended Materials Collection

Child with Block Structure, with Patterned Roof, Undated
A child builds a structure with patterned roof, undated.

Block Structure with Patterned Roof, undated
Close up view of structure with patterned roof, undated.

Verso: Sylvia
[Sylvia Miller, long-time Rhythms teacher, most likely took the photo]

Block Structure with Train, Undated
Child uses blocks in a repetitive pattern to create an elevated train track and train structure, undated.

Block Triangles in a Circular Pattern, 1997
Triangle-shaped blocks are arranged in a circular pattern on a classroom floor.
Date on front of print: 3/7/97

Four-Tiered Block Structure, Undated
Large, complex block structure that displays understanding of pattern, symmetry, balance and design-undated.

Four-Tiered Block Structure Detail, Undated
Detail view of a large, complex block structure that displays understanding of pattern, symmetry, balance and design--undated.

Three-Level Block Structure, Undated
Three Lower School children work on a block structure with three levels of symmetrical design elements, undated.

Tall Block Buildings Built by VIIs, 1951
Tall block buildings composed of repeating patterns and details that display an understanding of design, balance, pattern and symmetry (1951).

Farmhouse Made with Blocks
A farmhouse built in 2009 by Lower School children that displays an understanding of design, symmetry, and pattern.

Factory Made with Blocks, 2009
A factory built in 2009 by Lower School children that displays an understanding of design, symmetry, and pattern.