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Use RelationShapes in Your Early Childhood Classroom

Independent Play

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.

Paired Learning

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.

Center Time

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…

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take the lead and the other can follow to manipulate shapes until they match.

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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.
Children can….

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design digital buildings, vehicles, or objects and then reconstruct them in the blocks center.

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recreate their pictures using playdough, felt, paint, or other mediums in the art center.

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use their pictures to imagine play scenarios and characters in the dramatic play center.

The educator versions of our Extended Learning resources provide additional information about learning goals, alignment with standards, and playful assessment moments. Select from our bank of resources to develop individual skills, address small group needs, or highlight class interests.