Shapes are incorporated all throughout the Gifted and Talented exams, thus it is very important the child not only understands the different shape types but also how they can change and transform. Shape creation questions ask you to look at the shapes in the first box and visualize how they would look if they were combined.
The test incorporates various shape types, and includes different sizes, colors, directions, angles, cuts and combinations. This section allows the child to get comfortable with different shape possibilities and prepare for other sections in this workbook.
Tips and Tricks
- Before starting on any section, find a quiet place with no distractions. Make sure your child is sitting comfortably.
- Provide positive and encouraging feedback for correct answers and supportive feedback with explanations for incorrect answers. Avoid any negative feedback, comments, or gestures as this may discourage your child.
- Discuss what is in the first box with the child. Ask questions such as – what kind of shapes are in the first box, what colors, and which direction the shapes are facing?
- Consider covering the answer choices and talk it out load about possible answers.
- Ask the child to review every single answer choice and eliminate wrong answers.
- Consider having the child draw out the combination of the shapes.
- Shapes are all around us, may it be an apple or an orange cut in half, a pizza pie with 8 slices, or an ice cream cone with 3 scoops. Children see shapes of all kinds throughout their day. Try to incorporate that in the child’s daily routine and your child will learn to appreciate shapes in a very different way.