Rushville Republican

April 2, 2013

“Block Party” Wednesday for children

Ages 8 months to 8 years

Gracie Marlatt
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Do you know that understanding math concpts needs to occur before age 5? Do you know that early block play provides aptitude and achievement differences by 7th grade and into high school? Do you know that learning basic science concepts is easier if the brain has made space for the idea through early developmental experiences?

By playing with blocks a child can development math, science and other skills that will prepare them for learning in a school setting. This learning is enhanced through the interaction with their adult play partner. Plus, it is fun.

Come to the first Block Party Event in Rush County from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3. This first event is hosted by St. Mary’s School and is free and open to the public. The target audience is children ages 8 months to 8 years and the adults in their lives. For more information about this Purdue Extension program, call 932-5974, or e-mail gnmarlat@purdue.edu.

The Block Party events are available in Rush County for a limited time. Other public events will be at 6 p.m. on April 9 at the Root Building, at 5 p.m. April 12 at Arlington Elementary and during Kindergarten Roundup on April 13. Other events are scheduled with the Rushville Public Library, Rush County Schools and some local preschools.

A YouTube video of an actual Block Party can be viewed at http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/extension, look under Family and School Readiness. Purdue Extension-Rush County cooperates with the Rush County Parenting Council. You can check them out on Facebook.