Five Reasons For Starting To Teach Children Spatial Reasoning Early
Across the United States a large percentage of children are in kindergarten when they arrive at first grade without basic level skills in spatial reasoning, even though many of them would have no difficulty with identifying numbers. There are five principal reasons for starting this work with children as early as possible in the formative years.
1. Spatial Reasoning is the foundation for any effective problem solving
Spatial reasoning is generally used in thinking in a number of different situations in which solving complex problems requires abstract thinking, including problem solving for purchase, identification of places, survival, tolerance, conflict resolution, and so on. Interaction also includes solving problems by observing, observing, and reviewing events, making inferences, drawing conclusions, and incorporating them into new plans and solutions.
2. Spatial reasoning develops spatial awareness
Spatial skills develop directly on the basis of spatial awareness. Nowadays there is significant agreement on the requirements for good spatial awareness, and those standards are much higher in modern environmental design and outdoor play environments. However, various other factors that can influence spatial awareness need to be considered as well.
3. A lack of spatial reasoning is a barrier to cross-disciplinary study
Without a basic understanding of and association with spatial concepts, it is very difficult to understand the various dimensions of any topic, even if there are multiple dimensions. In other words, without good spatial reasoning, students can’t effectively explore the limits of a particular subject.
4. Children who are not taught spatial reasoning at an early age do poorly in school
Although perception and process rely on thinking in different dimensions, spatial reasoning is an essential element. In fact, researchers have shown that children who do not demonstrate strong spatial reasoning skills tend to have difficulties learning things like math, science, reading, and problem solving. Moreover, those who understand a concept well and understand that they cannot understand things properly without good spatial reasoning skills tend to do better in school and become more interested in learning.
5. Staying current with spatial reasoning teaches children how to think in a global, interconnected way
Knowing about how each spatial dimension works and understanding how to use the different spatial dimensions for a specific task is key to successfully navigating a demanding array of challenges. Knowing, for example, that an object on a table has the ability to act or represent two spatial dimensions is one thing, but understanding that an object in the same room (or even the same cube) can represent different dimensions will help the student understand that he or she has the ability to behave and represent any three dimension that is relevant to the problem at hand. This enables the student to use the object in any environment and the body of knowledge to solve problems.