The four parts of spatial awareness are:
- Form (shape)
- Position (in relationship to others)
How many of you absolutely LOVE GEOMETRY? If you want your child to love it and be good at it, then you will love learning how for the first seven years of your child’s life, Kindermusik and you will be teaching spatial orientation skills through play. Among other benefits, spatial awareness is the basis for success in Geometry and Higher Math.
Spatial awareness is the knowledge of where you are in relationship to other people and objects in your environment. To develop spatial awareness, children learn concepts such as direction, distance and location.
In the Kindermusik classroom, a child with spatial awareness will understand that as she walks, hops, skips or jumps toward another person in the classroom, she is coming closer to that person. She will be able to judge how much space she and her hoop require to navigate around the room without bumping into others. Or she will be able to tap a woodblock or drum with a mallet.
Studies have suggested a link between a well-developed sense of spatial awareness and artistic creativity, success in math, and the development of abstract thought. The ability to organize and classify abstract mental concepts is related to the ability to organize and classify objects in space.
The key to promoting spatial awareness in your child is to encourage and allow them to explore their surroundings. And there’s no better way to inspire that spirit of exploration and learning than in the Kindermusik classroom!
Compiled by Theresa Case, whose Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.