Learning shapes not only helps children identify and organize visual information, it helps them learn skills in other curriculum areas including reading, math, and science. For example, an early step in understanding numbers and letters is to recognize their shape. Learning shapes also helps children understand other signs and symbols. A fun way to help your child learn shapes is to make a shape hunt game.
Basic shapes like circles, triangles, and squares are distinctly different from each other. This makes them great for practicing same and different.
Same and different is the start of really recognizing distinctive traits objects can have. It is also the first level of categorizing.
Once the basic same or different concept is down, children can move into more complicated categorization.
What makes a circle different from a square? This is detailed recognition of traits objects have.
An important skill is being able to find a common characteristic among different items. A great way to practice this is to send your child on a shape hunt.
From an early age, kids notice different shapes even if they don’t yet know that the shapes have names. It takes longer for young children to learn the specific properties of each shape, such as the number of sides or how the shape looks. Giving preschoolers lots of practice with shapes helps them solidify their understanding of the two-dimensional structures. That knowledge of shapes gives the young children an advantage in many areas of learning.
A strong understanding of shapes can help preschoolers better recognize the numbers and how they look. Number recognition is an early math skill preschoolers need before they can move on to more advanced math skills, such as addition. The shapes themselves fall under the geometry standards of math.
Learning the differences in shapes requires preschoolers to focus on the specific characteristics. Preschoolers learn to use observational skills to identify the different shapes. They also learn how to compare different shapes and group similar shapes together. Those observational skills transfer to other areas. Observation and categorization are key skills in science.
As we mentioned, shapes are all around us. If you do a quick glance around the room you’re currently sitting in, we bet you could identify a handful of shapes within a matter of seconds.
For a young preschooler, learning shapes can be incredibly helpful by offering an early step to understanding how numbers and objects relate to one another.
Pre-k math will show kids how easy it is to count the number of sides of a single shape to get a handle on applying concrete counting skills to a visual object.
Everything around us is made up of shapes and colours. From rectangular doors to circular wheels, we see them all around us. Parents are responsible for teaching shapes and colours to their kids early on. It lays the groundwork for many important things to come. Solidifying their understanding of different characteristics of shapes takes a lot of practice. But it will help them know what a shape looks like. Or how many sides a shape has. Your children will be able to notice the difference between a red apple from a yellow banana. Or the difference between the rectangular door and circular wheels of their toy cars. Shape recognition helps prepare your child for more advanced concepts at school.
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