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Back to Early Math Symposium June 2024

Count Blocks In!

Count Blocks In! ... Engaging Families in Early Math and Science through Block Play.


Block play is building the future thought-leaders in the STEAM field while growing and developing other important aspects of development. Block play opens the door to enhancing early learning skills, child development, family engagement, literacy, language acquisition, and STEAM education. We believe experiencing block play ignites learning, boosts imagination, and engages children, families, and caregivers. Join us to explore block play benefits, stages of block play, and the effect block play has to strengthen the whole child and help equip parents and educators to incorporate block play into everyday experiences.

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Katie Bauer and Hailey Michalk share a passion for block play. Katie is the Director of Programs for Twiga Foundation’s block programs and Hailey is an Education Consultant and powerhouse collaborator with Twiga. Katie has a M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Idaho, and a desire to provide individuals, especially families with necessary tools and resources to equip them for everyday life circumstances and struggles. Hailey has a M.Ed. from the Erikson Institute in STEM and Social and Emotional Learning. She is inspired to support educators with resources to expand their wheelhouse and advance their educational programs. They team up to bring their knowledge and excitement of block play by sharing beneficial information and practical resources to incorporate block play into homes and classrooms.

Katie Bauer and

Hailey Michalk

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