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Spotlight on Learning: Spatial Awareness

People use lots of different words to define and describe location and relative location. These are called positional words, and knowing and understanding positional words is key to developing spatial awareness. (The opposite is also true: developing spatial awareness, and being able to understand positional words, go hand-in-hand.) Parents can say things like: You are underneath the table… or I see you, you’re behind Daddy, to make way for positional words in a toddler’s vocabulary. Our use of "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" in our infant classes this month has provided activities that demonstrate positional concepts such as up/down, high/low, over/under, and in/out. This helps lay the foundation for the babies to learn to “organize space” around themselves, understanding and defining it in relation to themselves and other objects and individuals.

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