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Visual Spatial Learners - Motivating them to enhance their Skills

By Andrew Loh

Spatial intelligence comes naturally to some children and when combined with visual skills, they can be the most gifted and endowed children in the world. Here are some of the most precious tips that will help your spatially skilled children.

Tips: Make sure that you give your children the following things and materials for exploration and practice.

  • Colorful blocks for play

  • Crayons, color kits, pens and pencils

  • Art papers, color blow pens and different shades of paints

  • Geometry sets with all accessories

  • Globes and maps

  • Glue, gum, scissors, drawing materials

  • Drawing paper

  • Chart paper, color papers etc

  • Color clay materials

  • Picture books

  • Pictionary

  • Different objects and shapes

  • Camera for older children

  • Puzzles

Examples of how to teach spatial learners

Several techniques and methods help spatial learners to hone and refine their skills. Here are some of these techniques and methods.

In math

  • Using toothpicks, matches and plastic coins to learn addition and subtraction is a well-recognized technique that helps children in basic math skills.

  • Pick up a number of sticks and teach your children about dimensions like length, width, height and volume. When your children understand how to arrange these sticks, then they would start developing skills related to imagination.

In Science

  • Travel to the future with your children! Teach them how to imagine and create new designs that could be used in the future. This will help your children visualize and look at those images those are non-existent in their physical form.

  • Help your children create a number of pictures and drawings of nature. Plants and animal pictures could be the starting point for the exercise.

  • Take a stroll to a nearby park and discuss what is so special about plants and trees. This will help your children create mental imagery of things that exist around them.

In Geography

  • You can help your children construct models of hills, mountains, buildings and bridges by using cardboard, paper and clay, paints and other related materials.

  • Help them draw maps of different continents, regions, states and countries. This will help the learn directions and art.

  • If possible, go to a beach and play with sand to make different structures and patterns. Playing with wet sand is a wonderful activity for children.

In Drama and Fine Arts

  • Play drama scenes that depict actions and mimicking. Real-time acting helps your children develop imagination and visualization skills.

  • Use plenty of gestures and gestures while talking. This will help your children hone their thinking and imagination skills apart from enhancing spatial learning. The brain will start developing its linear sequencing skills when children respond to games that involve gestures and signs.

  • Play with color wheels will assist your children learn more about different colors and their shades. Nature is an amazing place where you can see hundreds of shades and hues of different colors. Rainbow is a great tool to teach your children about colors.

Spatial intelligence is a rare skill that comes naturally to many children. Some children are born with it while others may need to work hard to acquire it. Children who possess such a skill can score very well in subjects like arts, drawing, geometry, geography and science. These subjects trigger spatial skills in a remarkable manner. Great painters, artists, civil engineers and scientists possessed this skills performed very well in their chose area of expertise.

To hone spatial skills in your children, you may need to follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Spatial learners are aloof and withdrawn in nature. Don't confuse their aloofness for laziness! They are actually very active instead; they will be making mental imagery of those things that exist around them. Give them the privacy they want and demand. Do not disturb them when they are thinking something.

  2. Encourage your children to develop spatial skills. Bring home those items and things that help them promote the skill.

  3. Encourage your children to learn and master painting and drawing. Young children are initiated in the art of drawing and painting can excel in many subjects that require spatial skills.

Spatial learning skill is a rare and gifted skill. Children who possess this skill are highly refined and pleasing persons.

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Visual-Spatial Learners
By Alexandra Shires Golon

Looking for ways to differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of gifted visual-spatial learners? You've found it in Visual-Spatial Learners: Differentiation Strategies for Creating a Successful Classroom. Visual-spatial learners are students who show advanced abilities with computers, maps, construction toys, and puzzles. These students think outside the box and demonstrate tremendous empathy and compassion.

The author provides a number of strategies to help make your classroom a successful learning environment for all learners. These strategies address preparing students to succeed on timed tests; easing the pain of handwriting; teaching spelling using imagery; incorporating mnemonics, rhyme, and other tricks that engage the right-hemisphere of the brain.


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