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We use our Spatial Skills to mentally manipulate objects and numbers. These skills are foundational for later math learning, particularly the development of number sense, as visualizing and mentally manipulating numbers in space can be an effective way to solve math problems.
There are three main Spatial Skills:
Building with blocks fosters conceptual understanding of early geometric and Spatial Skills while supporting gross motor development.
The Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) approach is when learners progress from using concrete materials to representational drawings then abstract symbols.
Daily review strengthens previous learning and can lead to fluent recall.
Drawing pictures to represent their thinking helps young learners use non-linguistic representations to demonstrate their understanding.
Free choice supports learner interests and promotes the development of more complex social interactions.
Supplementing verbal information with actions reinforces concepts and engages student Attention.
Guided inquiry involves active listening and questioning to help learners use their own language to construct knowledge.
Math centers that include games, manipulatives, and hands-on activities to explore, support learner interests and promote the development of complex math skills and social interactions.
Math games invite learners to practice skills in a fun, applied context which supports learner agency and a learner mindset.
Since both dance and music have patterns, rhythm and shapes, and are more familiar to learners than the abstract concepts of math, they can help in embodied learning of math concepts.
Using manipulatives for hands-on exploration in a variety of ways supports conceptual understanding which is critical to mathematical thinking.
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