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Kindermusik and Geometry?

August 5, 2010

One of the first things your preschooler learns is shapes. Circles, squares, and triangles. The preschool teacher will have your child play with blocks of different shapes, color shapes, cut out shapes, and experience the shapes first hand. Before your child understands shapes, he or she needs to understand space. Spatial skills are those attributes in the brain that tell your child I’m too close, I’m too far, I am upside down or right side up.  These spatial skills are taught through movement in Kindermusik. Here are some ways we do it:

  • Shaking egg shakers high up high above our heads, down low to the ground, or even behind us.
  • Playing with hoola hoops! We go in and out of the hoop. Watch how far it rolls. Then spin it around us and notice how much space we need to do that.
  • We also practice over and under. We did that this summer with our song “Over the Sea”.
  • Watch the video at this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/musicmoments1
  • Dancing in a circle is another way. We’ll dance around, and in and out and then clap in our own space.

All of these activities and more are so much fun and when we do them we stimulate the same neural pathways that are in the brain for geometric thought and problem solving. So the more your child dances high, low, or over and under, the more your child will be ready to explore shapes in preschool and figure out the area of a triangle in middle and high school.

You can find out more information on the benefits of music for your child at:

http://www.kindermusik.com/Classes/ClassesBenefits.aspx

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