These photos in the book are to help children ask open-ended questions in creating their own story.
I graduated with a Master of Science in Education. I have had twenty-four years of educational experience working in a classroom with children ages 3's ,4's and 5's year old. I also worked as an Assistance Director @ The Children Center in Staten Island College. My goals and dedication in education through the years was to improve the classroom curriculum that led me to the position of Provider Consultant in Florida. My position as a Provider Consultant was to provide Technical Assistance to Child Care Providers and Directors in assessing the Environment Rating Scale Requirements for quality education in schools,Day Care Centers and Child Care Homes. Here is where I observed a great need in the area of literature.
When children begin to play with blocks for the first time they see a plain shape. They begin to experience their use of their imagination by experimenting what they can do and cannot do with blocks. In this book, we see photos of stages with blocks. Children who haven't played with blocks before are discovering and learning how heavy they are and how it feel. We see piling blocks and making roads. we see photos of what blocks can or cannot connect together which lead to problem solving to extend their imagination to create complex structures. Photo of props and other materials are added to extend to their ideas to create. These photos of blocks help the children to ask open-ended questions about the building process. These open-ended questions don't have one correct answer. There are questions to answer the Why? How? or What if?