Module 4 discussion: Teaching space and shapes through play

  • Module 4 discussion: Teaching space and shapes through play

    Posted by Discussion Forum on March 28, 2023 at 7:01 am

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    Thelma Mabawa replied 4 weeks ago 70 Members · 78 Replies
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  • Primrose Silungile Ximba

    April 24, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    This is really the best way of “Helping children develop spatial awareness through visualisation of shapes, spaces and objects, using their ‘mind’s eye’”

    They can also play hop on shapes game and that is helping to identify and recognise shapes.

    • Ntombifikile Khathi

      September 13, 2023 at 9:11 am

      i love it , and it is fun and enjoyable. It is interesting and i think learners would love and enjoy doing this. It is really a best way.


        September 19, 2023 at 12:56 pm

        Like your idea

        • Sithembile Nsele

          October 11, 2023 at 5:35 am

          Yes it fun and joyble to share everything with learners and make fun

      • Nomzamo Ndonyela

        September 21, 2023 at 9:28 am

        I like this teaching strategy it’s enjoyable and educational

      • Kelly94 Mpanza

        September 22, 2023 at 6:52 pm

        This is one of the best ideas I like it the most

    • Nomfundo Cele

      September 23, 2023 at 3:11 am

      It’s an educational teaching strategy and a very enjoyable one.

    • Nkone Maluleke

      October 2, 2023 at 5:52 pm

      This teaching strategy is good and learners will enjoy it a lot

  • Mabua Nare

    June 4, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    I am struggling to teach my learners to count the number of edges, vertices and faces of pyramids

  • Henré Benson

    June 7, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Mabua. Look at the attached template. Also look at the labelled picture. Have them cut it out, colour it in, fold it and then discuss the different parts.

  • Nontando Buyisile Zulu

    June 19, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    One challenge could be finding appropriate and engaging activities that effectively teach students about space and shapes. Another challenge could be managing the classroom during playtime and ensuring that students are staying on-task and learning while they play.

  • Thembisile Khanyisile

    June 21, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    Learners are trying to understand during teaching & learning session, but there comes a problem when given an opportunity to do their activities as individual , I think this new approach can be fruitful if applied effectively & the availability of concrete objects can play a huge roles

  • Mamabusa Elizabeth

    August 9, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Hi my name is Mamabusa Tsotetsi what I can say is children are learning more when they play so make it a point that when they play you give them the shapes also to play with .

  • Maria Maria

    August 22, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    By doing 6 bricks

  • Itumeleng Julia

    August 26, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    Sharing is Carrin indeed, I really enjoying this group members and l learn a lot from them

  • Charlotte Palesa Tsiloane

    August 27, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Hi everyone 🙋

    I help my children with shapes by letting them colour different shapes with different colours using their crayons…🔴colour the circle red ⬛colour the square with blue or any other colour of their choice 💛use any colour for a heart… Help them to identify those colour within their clothes they’re wearing and compare to which shape does the colour match…in that way they will easily identify

    • Samkelisiwe Vundla

      September 13, 2023 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you, I’m gonna use it surely it will help

  • Ncamsile Mthethwa

    September 2, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    Incorporating play into the teaching of space and shapes can be challenging due to limited resources, time constraints, differentiation needs assessment difficulties classroom management, limited space availability curriculum integration and teachers experties however with careful planning, teacher support and a commitment to student- centered learning these challenges can be overcome resulting in engaging and effective learning experience

  • Gloria Maletlhogonolo Mahlangu

    September 4, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    Sharing is caring indeed,let your children to get dirty,because they learn more through can draw a big circle on the left side ,the other one on the right side,then give children a bucket of shapes then they throw it on that big circle,the other children will throw on the left n other on the also develop children their hand eye coordination n their gross n fine motor.

  • GASERENCWE Ruth Jonker

    September 4, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    Hi everyone I’m Ruth,indeed children learn through play when they connect with each other,in addition to the themes of numbers,colours,shapes,and early phonics,these games are vital for teaching children turn-taking and sharing.and they will enjoy taking part on the activity that you introduce to them.

  • Duduzile Khumalo

    September 7, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    Learning through play enhances learner’s creativity, it also helps learners to think critically and in that helps them achieve to their maximum ability in any subject.

  • Duduzile Khumalo

    September 7, 2023 at 8:11 pm

    It becomes easier when concrete objects are used to teach space and shapes, learners can be shown triangles that are used on the road when the car is stucked, or they can be asked to visualize objects that are in the classroom like windows, desks, chalkboard, exercise books, workbooks and more and that will make them understand shapes better

    • Sibahle Duma

      September 14, 2023 at 6:51 pm

      I totally agree. With objects they see everyday, it becomes very it to memories and learn them

  • Nokukhanya Manukuza

    September 11, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    Learners are trying to understand during teaching & learning session, but there comes a problem when given an opportunity to do their activities as individual , I think this new approach can be fruitful if applied effectively & the availability of concrete objects can play a huge roles

    • Nothando Ntokozo Myeza

      September 12, 2023 at 5:16 pm

      I have the same problem as you especially they should make a difference between 2-D & 3D

    • Sithabiso Mncwango

      September 21, 2023 at 2:40 pm

      I agree with you…..most of the time learners are struggling when it’s comes to 3D shapes

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