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Geometry seems like a complicated subject for a preschooler to be learning about, but it doesn’t have to remain a subject that only older kids get to study. You can help your child begin to appreciate geometry by focusing her awareness on the shapes around her.

• After showing her two or three basic shapes – a square, a triangle, and a circle – ask her to find all the triangles in the house. Go outside and look at interesting shapes around the neighborhood. Count how many sides different kinds of shapes have.

•  Get pattern blocks at your local toy store and encourage your child to experiment with making different kinds of patterns, using the shapes.

• Buy her a stamp set that includes several different shapes and suggest that she create her own works of art by repeatedly stamping a shape or set of shapes across a piece of construction paper. These are called “tessellation’s”.

By raising your preschooler’s awareness of shapes and their relationship to each other and to the world, you’re preparing her for more complex geometrical understandings later on in her academic life.

Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is an award-winning author and speaker with twenty-eight years of teaching experience from the primary through the doctoral level, and over one million copies of his books in print on issues related to learning and human development. He is the author of nine books including Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, In Their Own Way, Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius, 7 Kinds of Smart, The Myth of the A.D.D. Child, ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom, and Awakening Genius in the Classroom. His books have been translated into sixteen languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Danish, and Russian.

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