Building spatial skills in preschool

Nora S. Newcombe looks beyond literacy and numeracy.

An increasing body of evidence suggests spatial skills are important, so how do children learn them and how can we enrich that experience?

Spatial thinking concerns shapes, locations, paths, relations among entities and between entities and frames of reference. We remember this kind of information, and we also mentally transform it to support manipulating objects and constructing new ones, and for navigating the physical world. Spatial thinking is increasingly recognised as an important aspect of human cognition generally, and as central to scientific and mathematical thinking more specifically.

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