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Finding Literacy in the Block Corner: Bridging Research and Practice

by Jill Scott and Karen Wohlwend
January/February 2021
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Outside the large picture window, snow fell softly, dusting the sidewalk outside the child care center. Inside, preschoolers lined up hollow wooden blocks, placing them side-by-side in the center of the block corner. I watched as the children dragged each one across the carpet and pushed them into place. As they built, they directed one another:

“Put it here.”

“No, there.”

“Nuh-uh, over here.”

Sometimes, the children resorted to pushing off a misplaced block until finally, two tiers of a raised platform emerged. I watched, transfixed, as one child hoisted a final block on top of the structure. Plopping down in front of the large metal steering wheel protruding from the block, he spun the wheel this way and that, ...

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