What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on to learn about teaching your child to recognize shapes.
Most parents enjoy teaching their children to recognize shapes. Did you know learning to recognize shapes is an important step in early literacy? The ability to recognize and tell the difference between the basic shapes - square, circle, triangle and rectangle - helps children tell the difference between an A, a B, a C and so on. Therefore, be sure to talk about shapes early and often. Talk about the different attributes of each shape. For example, discuss how many sides the shape has, the number of corners, long sides and short sides. Not only do you want your child to be able to recognize and name a square and a circle, you want them to be able to explain the difference between a square and a circle. If a child can tell you a triangle is different than a square because the triangle has three corners and three sides while the square has four corners and four sides, she is more likely to have an easier time telling the difference between an A and an H.
Here’s a simple activity that you can do with a child already able to name his shapes. Give him a box of various household items and have him sort them into groups depending on the shape they are most like. For example, the television remote is most like a rectangle. An empty ice cream cone is most like a triangle. Once he’s got the hang of it, you can start adding in letters. Soon he’ll notice that the letter C is most like a circle but it’s not closed completely, making it different than the letter O. So keep up the great work and watch as shape recognition turns into letter recognition and then into reading.