- Mental rotation
- Visual-spatial working memory
- Information processing
- Spatial langugae
We need to be looking at all of these skills when exploring geometry, not just the language piece. This also provides an access point for all learners, no matter their skills.
|The Hexagon Card Game from Taking Shape (see below)|
|A symmetrical design|
|Recreating her design|
|Directional language & coding|
|Using mandalas to create symmetrical designs|
|Finding pentominoes that fit where the cubes or spaces are.|
If you're looking for some practical resources to support your own learning about spatial reasoning, here are a few we enjoy:
Taking Shape - As a Kindergarten team, we are working through this book. It has lesson plans, activities and black-line masters. We highly recommend this.
Paying Attention to Spatial Reasoning
Five Compelling Reasons for Teaching Spatial Reasoning to Young Learners
Why Spatial Reasoning is Crucial for Early Math Education