Rushville Republican

April 9, 2013

Block Party for children Tuesday

Gracie Marlatt
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Did you know that dramatic or pretend play predicts greater vocabulary growth in young children? Did you know that young children who hear more words learn more words? Early vocabulary growth predicts later reading achievement in school. Did you know that through play children learn to share, take turns, and negotiate?

The Block Party events through Purdue Extension have started, but you still have time to participate. Events have been held at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Rushville Public Library and with the Rushville Consolidated High School Child Development and PHAF classes. Upcoming events include:

Tuesday, April 9, at the Root Building at 6 p.m.

Friday, April 12, at Arlington Elementary, 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, April 13, at Kindergarten Roundup, Rushville Elementary East, 8 a.m. to noon

Block Party Events are free and open to the public. The target audience is children 8 months to 8 years and the adults in their lives.

Research has shown that playing with blocks can help develop the following skills: Math, language/pre-reading, science, physical, social and problem solving. The adult play partner works with the child in developing these skills. The adult will talk, offer suggestions and guide the child in solving problems.

For more information about Block Party contact Extension educator Gracie Marlatt at 932-5974 or gnmarlat@purdue.edu.