Understanding geometric shapes is more complex than just knowing the names of common shapes such as circle, square and triangle. When children explore shapes, they:
• Find the right shape for the right space in a puzzle.
• Create designs: Put shapes together to make new forms.
• Recognize shapes and spaces: Locate circles in the supermarket or observe that this room is larger than that one.
• Create different shapes and sizes by folding a single sheet of paper or using string or other objects.
• Describe shapes: Identify a shape’s attributes such as number of sides, corners or faces.
• Compare and match shapes of different sizes.
Math and Science Skills and Concepts
When children explore shapes and use spatial thinking, they:
• Learn to name, build, draw, compare and sort shapes.
• Describe the attributes and parts of shapes.
• Predict and test the ways shapes can be combined or taken apart in order to make other shapes and patterns.
• Compare changes in shape that take place when objects are slid, flipped or turned.
• Discover symmetry when arranging shapes into designs.
• Build spatial memory and visualization by forming mental images of geometric shapes.
• Recognize and represent shapes from different perspectives.
• Locate shapes in the environment and describe their location by using positional words.
This information is from the What's the Big Idea? Mother Goose Programs
Books we recommend:
Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin
Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
File Folder Game:
Preschool Printables: http://www.preschoolprintables.com/filefolder/gingerbread/filefolderginger.shtml
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