What is Six Bricks?
Children learn best when they are encouraged to explore, interact, create and play. Play is the “work” of children; through play they develop their core learning skills – self regulation, creativity, curiosity, playfulness – and build the foundation for life-long learning. Constructive play requires a supportive environment provided by adults and manipulatives that encourage children to think, discover, learn, and problem solve. Using Six Bricks everyday creates a receptive environment in which the child builds confidence and positively engages with previously learned knowledge as well as new concepts.
The quick, daily activities are designed to develop mental readiness in which the child focuses and concentrates for a limited period of time. These short activities are initially teacher guided and provide opportunities for children to control and direct their own learning. Children thrive on success and love repeating any activity if they know they can get it right. The power of Six Bricks is not in how many activities you can do at one time but rather in the repetition of activities so that each child can experience the thrill of achievement.
There are various skills that go beyond pin grip, numeracy, literacy and academic learning, which six bricks all provide in abundance. Such skills include critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and readiness for tertiary study and career choice. Developing these skills is critical in early and academic learning and forms the foundation for life-long learning.