Spatial reasoning skills: How to foster in childrenSSpatial reasoning skills: How to foster in childrenSpatial reasoning skills: How to foster in childrenEnglishDevelopmentalPreschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2012-03-16T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>​​Learn practical tips for parents to nurture spatial reasoning skills in a child.</p><p>Spatial reasoning is the ability to mentally manipulate shapes and orientate ourselves in everyday environments. These skills are an essential part of learning math, science and engineering. Engaging toddlers early in activities like puzzles may help improve spatial reasoning skills over time.</p><p>Studies show parents can do simple tasks to <a href="/Article?contentid=722&language=English">foster math skills in preschoolers</a>. Similarly, parents can also nurture spatial skills in a child. Here are tips to remember next time you play a puzzle or blocks with your toddler.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Activities that use spatial skills can help preschoolers build math skills. </li> <li>Use words that describe shapes, sizes, and other spatial concepts when talking to your child.</li> <li>Use gestures to reinforce the meaning of spatial words.</li> <li>Give your child activities that challenge them.</li> </ul><h2>References</h2><p>Levine, S.C., Ratliff, K.R., Huttenlocher,J., & Cannon, J. (2011, October 31). Early Puzzle Play: A predictor of preschoolers' spatial transformation skill. Developmental Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0025913.</p><p>Pruden, S. M., Levine, S. C., & Huttenlocher, J. (2011). Children's spatial thinking: does talk about the spatial world matter? Developmental Science, 14, 1417-1430.</p>
Comment stimuler les aptitudes de raisonnement spatial chez les enfantsCComment stimuler les aptitudes de raisonnement spatial chez les enfantsSpatial reasoning skills: How to foster in childrenFrenchDevelopmentalPreschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2012-03-16T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Obtenez des conseils pratiques à l’intention des parents afin de stimuler les aptitudes de raisonnement spatial chez un enfant.</p><p>Le raisonnement spatial est la capacité de manipuler mentalement des formes et de se repérer dans l’espace dans les milieux habituels. Ces aptitudes sont essentielles à l’apprentissage des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Le fait d’encourager précocement votre tout-petit à faire, entre autres, des casse-têtes peut contribuer à améliorer son raisonnement spatial au fil du temps.</p><p>Les études démontrent que les parents peuvent facilement favoriser les aptitudes en mathématiques chez les enfants d’âge préscolaire. De même, les parents peuvent stimuler les aptitudes de raisonnement spatial de leur enfant. Voici des conseils qui vous seront utiles la prochaine fois que vous faites un casse-tête ou jouez avec des blocs avec votre tout-petit.</p><h2>​À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>Les activités mettant à profit les aptitudes de raisonnement spatial peuvent favoriser les aptitudes en mathématiques chez les enfants d’âge préscolaire.</li> <li>Utilisez des termes décrivant des formes, des tailles et d’autres relations spatiales quand vous parlez à votre enfant.</li> <li>Utilisez des gestes pour mieux faire comprendre les termes propres à l’information spatiale.</li> <li>Assurez-vous que les activités de votre enfant sont assez difficiles pour le stimuler.<br></li> </ul><h2>Références</h2><p>Levine, S.C., Ratliff, K.R., Huttenlocher,J., & Cannon, J. (2011, October 31). Early Puzzle Play: A predictor of preschoolers' spatial transformation skill. Developmental Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0025913.</p><p>Pruden, S. M., Levine, S. C., & Huttenlocher, J. (2011). Children's spatial thinking: does talk about the spatial world matter? <em>Developmental Science, </em>14, 1417-1430</p>

 

 

Spatial reasoning skills: How to foster in children649.000000000000Spatial reasoning skills: How to foster in childrenSpatial reasoning skills: How to foster in childrenSEnglishDevelopmentalPreschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2012-03-16T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>​​Learn practical tips for parents to nurture spatial reasoning skills in a child.</p><p>Spatial reasoning is the ability to mentally manipulate shapes and orientate ourselves in everyday environments. These skills are an essential part of learning math, science and engineering. Engaging toddlers early in activities like puzzles may help improve spatial reasoning skills over time.</p><p>Studies show parents can do simple tasks to <a href="/Article?contentid=722&language=English">foster math skills in preschoolers</a>. Similarly, parents can also nurture spatial skills in a child. Here are tips to remember next time you play a puzzle or blocks with your toddler.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Activities that use spatial skills can help preschoolers build math skills. </li> <li>Use words that describe shapes, sizes, and other spatial concepts when talking to your child.</li> <li>Use gestures to reinforce the meaning of spatial words.</li> <li>Give your child activities that challenge them.</li> </ul><h2>Use the right words</h2><p> <a href="/yourpreschooler">Preschool children</a> who hear their parents use spatial terms to describe the size and shape of objects, and then use those words themselves, perform better on tests of their spatial skills. Spatial terms are:</p><ul><li>words that describe shapes, such as "round", "square", "corner", and "straight edge"</li><li>words that describe spatial concepts, such as "over", "under", "little", and "big"</li></ul><p>Choose activities that require you to use spatial terms, such as blocks or puzzles. These activities give a child more opportunity to talk about spatial shapes and features. </p><p>You can also use spatial terms in daily activities, such as when cutting vegetables while preparing a <a href="/Article?contentid=1465&language=English">meal</a>. </p><h2>Use gestures</h2><p>Providing a gesture along with the spatial word helps children improve a child’s understanding of the word. For example, when describing the spatial word "straight," move your hand straight up and down. Or trace what a corner looks like in the air. Using gestures gives children clues to the meaning of these words.</p><h2>Praise efforts, not results</h2><p>Many studies show praising a child’s efforts nurtures a child’s internal motivation to learn. While engaging with your child, give the appropriate type of praise. Do not say "You are good at puzzles." This type of praise focuses on performance and implies that success is the result of innate ability, not effort. Eventually, the child will find a puzzle they are not good at, and may become discouraged. Instead, say "You did a good job building that castle!" or "That puzzle looked really hard, but you kept trying and you did it!"</p><h2>Be sensitive to your child’s skill level</h2><p>Activities should be challenging enough that your child learns something, but not so difficult that your child becomes frustrated. As you see your child gaining feelings of confidence, gradually introduce more difficult activities, such as puzzles with more pieces.</p><h2>References</h2><p>Levine, S.C., Ratliff, K.R., Huttenlocher,J., & Cannon, J. (2011, October 31). Early Puzzle Play: A predictor of preschoolers' spatial transformation skill. Developmental Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0025913.</p><p>Pruden, S. M., Levine, S. C., & Huttenlocher, J. (2011). Children's spatial thinking: does talk about the spatial world matter? Developmental Science, 14, 1417-1430.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/spatial_reasoning_skills_how_to_foster.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/spatial_reasoning_skills_how_to_foster.jpgSpatial reasoning skills: How to foster in children

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