Helping preschoolers learn about shapes can be a valuable lesson to teach them. The preschool children are eager to learn, and their inquisitive nature is inspiring, so great teachers use anything at their disposal to educate.
Shapes are everywhere, but sometimes they are not noticeable, and sometimes things are a composite of several shapes. The key concept to learn is that shapes define an objects ability to perform any task, and therefore they are essential.
Preschoolers can learn about shapes through a variety of lesson plans. Teachers can first introduce the concept of shapes by defining them, and then giving concrete examples of where these shapes are found in the preschoolers everyday environment. The teacher may begin by pointing out the classroom itself, and the desks and blackboards that are housed inside.
Rectangles can be described as similar to squares, but with the noticeable exception of side equality. As the children begin to comprehend this concept, new shapes can be introduced, such as circles and triangles. The preschool teacher could show that a square cut in half is equal to two triangles. These sorts of smaller lessons can be introduced throughout.
As the preschoolers find examples within their environment about shapes, they can appreciate them more. Certain notions need to be understood, such as some shapes have significant meaning within society, such as the octagonal stop sign.
These sorts of shapes have a universal meaning that enables you to survive in a foreign land. Preschoolers do not need to understand the magnitude of this, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
With building blocks, or pattern blocks, the preschoolers can have a chance to do some hands-on learning with shapes. The children can be encouraged to first separate the blocks into their different shapes, making sure to not err in any way. After this, the preschoolers can begin to make sculptures of some sort with one shape only.
After they have exhausted all of their shapes and made one sculpture, the comparisons can be made with the assistance of the teacher. The lesson can encompass other abstract notions such as size. As the different shapes lead to different styles of sculpture, the preschoolers can then be encouraged to use all blocks at their disposal to concoct a new design, and heed notice of the differences.
Shapes, when combined, can create towering structures, or very unique designs. While a group of squares can possibly extend higher, and fit together nicely, the mish-mash of shapes can prove aesthetically pleasing.
Shapes are found everywhere, so the teachable moments exist at all times within the confines of the classroom, in the hallways, or out in the schoolyard. The more exposure the preschoolers have to shapes, the better served they will be in learning how things can work together in a copacetic fashion, which can be transferred over to real life, and how working together as a team is much better than going about tasks individually.