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
Chart paper, color papers etc
Color clay materials
Different objects and shapes
Camera for older children
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Encourage your children to
develop spatial skills. Bring home those items and things that help them
promote the skill.
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
Spatial learning skill is a rare and gifted skill. Children who possess
this skill are highly refined and pleasing persons.
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.