Use RelationShapes in Your Early Childhood Classroom
Nurture children’s visual-spatial thinking regardless of skill level or prior experience. Children with developing shape knowledge can practice exploring, manipulating, and creating with shapes. Children with strong basic shape skills can practice shape construction and enjoy advanced memory challenges.
Encourage children to work together, facilitated by the app’s split screen and multi-touch interface. Children can work on one side of the screen or take turns, communicating and collaborating as they play.
Make RelationShapes available in a variety of learning centers, including your math and technology centers. Support children’s developing visual-spatial skills by extending the app into a variety of other learning centers for open-ended play and exploration.
Small Group Instruction
Supplement your math curriculum and reinforce children’s early geometry knowledge by using RelationShapes to explore shape constancy, describe spatial relationships, or model simple and complex shape construction.
Once you’re familiar with the RelationShapes experience, consider these implementation suggestions:
Assign play roles based on children’s strengths or skills that need additional practice. One child can…
take the lead and the other can follow to manipulate shapes until they match.
decide the picture’s theme and the other can select accessories that give context to the shapes.
Connect learning in RelationShapes to center-based learning.
design digital buildings, vehicles, or objects and then reconstruct them in the blocks center.
recreate their pictures using playdough, felt, paint, or other mediums in the art center.
use their pictures to imagine play scenarios and characters in the dramatic play center.