Recognizing shapes

Learning shapes is an important precursor skill for both math and literacy. Shapes come into play when students learn geometry, of course. But recognizing shapes is also crucial for learning numbers and letters – both of which are really just a different type of shape, if you really think about it. Teaching shapes to kids is best done through play and everyday life experiences. This can be as simple as pointing out the shape of things in the environment (e.g., “Look at that star on your shirt.” or “Do you want your sandwich cut into rectangles or triangles?”). It can also involve giving children shape sorters and shape puzzles to play with.



What are Shapes?
In geometry, a shape can be defined as the form of an object or its outline, outer boundary or outer surface.

Everything we see in the world around us has a shape. We can find different basic shapes such as the  square, rectangle, and oval or the  rectangular prism, cylinder, and sphere in the objects we see around us. These geometric shapes appear in objects we see as credit cards, bills and coins, finger rings, photo frames, dart boards, huts, windows, magician’s wands, tall buildings, flower pots, toy trains, and balloons.




Vocabulary – ボキャブラリー

Recognize(認識する) / Distance(距離) / Quadrilateral(四角形) / Corners(角) / Angle(角度) / Rhombus(ひし形) / Parallel(平行) / Trapezoid(台形) / Circle(円) / Square(正方形) / Rectangle(長方形) / Triangle(三角形)

Phrases and sentence

So this first shape here, you’ll probably recognize it is the shape of the moon in the sky.


All circles are oval but this oval is not a circle because if you have its center, see right over there this distance going in that direction is going to be much shorter or just shorter than this distance right over here, so this one right over here is not a circle, this one is. 


So a name for any shapes that has four sides is quadrilateral.


This shape right over here what you might see is the corners all come in, sometimes it is called square.


So if all four sides are the same and that’s all we know about it, we call it a rhombus.


Summary – まとめ –

We all can make shape a salient attribute of the objects in children’s environment, children will naturally begin to notice different shapes and begin to classify them. In reality, it may not be so much that we are teaching shapes to kids, but that are giving them exposure so they can learn about shapes in their own way and in their own time.