Ah, I think I might have accidentally made this into one of the easiest subjects to teach:
WARNING: DO NOT PRESS PLAY (unless you want this song in your head all day!)
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There are a couple of things to keep in mind when teaching shapes. The first is, of course, to try not to teach it unless you have to! For really little kids (2 and 3 year olds) it can be fun, but for older kids it’s usually pretty useless language. That said, I’m sure the song above will make it cute and funky if it is included in your textbooks!
The second point, and I’m putting my science teacher head on here, is to make sure that these words are only for 2D shapes i.e. a football isn’t a circle and a Rubik’s cube isn’t a square. (I’m pretty sure you all know that but I’ve seen them used as questions in so many kindergartens!)
There are also a few technical things which are difficult when making visuals for shapes e.g. an oval shouldn’t be an ellipse and a diamond, like a square, has four equal sides.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the song, it’s certainly stuck in my head. And the reaction to the faces on the shapes is proving really good so far!
But what do you think? What are your favourite games & ideas for teaching shapes? Write up in the comments and you might just win a CD – November’s comment competition has just begun!