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97. Orientation

If your child likes to swing upside down from the monkey bars, lie along the top of the sofa or sit in the trolley facing the wrong way at the supermarket, then they are exploring their orientation schema.

 

97. Orientation

If your child likes to swing upside down from the monkey bars, lie along the top of the sofa or sit in the trolley facing the wrong way at the supermarket, then they are exploring their orientation schema. In orientation, the child is discovering how to see things from a different point of view. This important schema builds confidence in many physical activities and games, when it becomes useful to anticipate how another player might move. But it’s also helpful for social situations, balance, movement and many other things, besides.  

To support orientation schema play, try walking along walls, rolling down hills, climbing up steps and any kind of movement that requires them to find different heights or positions. Gymnastics, games like Twister, soft play, or a simple trip to the park, are also great for exploring different points of views. And of course, there is always climbing trees.

For fine motor skills, try making and wearing face masks with peep-holes for the eyes, making periscopes, and using mirrors (or water) to explore reflections.

Explore other schemas:

May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs
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