Practice in the classroom will cultivate an awareness of perspective: the understanding that spatial relationships look different when viewed from different positions.  It will take time before they understand that when they are face-to-face with their friend, something on their left appears to their friend on her right, but early experiences can prepare them for this type of sophisticated thinking.

© Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative. Reprinted from Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know (2014), Pearson Education.

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