mapping: 3 Articles

Camilla and the Big Change

"It's too much CHANGE!" Camilla stamped her foot. "But Camilla," Parsley said, "You like change. The change of the seasons, you said it this morning." "This is different. It's totally NEW. Totally unexpected, And totally permanent." Spring has sprung in the forest. When beavers move in, trees come down as they start building a dam. The path of the river will be forever altered and Camilla does NOT want a pond in the middle of her forest! It’s too much change. But when her map-making skills are needed for the pond construction, Camilla comes to understand that change can be good as she works with the entire forest community to draw new maps and look at her home in a whole new way. Camilla the cartographer and her loyal sidekick, Parsley, are back to solve a fresh new problem in Camilla and the Big Change by Julie Dillemuth, PhD, the companion book to the critically acclaimed Camilla, Cartographer. Read an excerpt from Camilla and the Big Change. Hear Dr. Dillemuth’s other books read aloud:  Mapping My Day, Lucy in the City, and Camilla, Cartographer. 

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Camilla and the Big Change 2022-07-12T10:48:17-04:00

Magination Press Learning at Home: Spatial Thinking with Lucy in the City

Without access to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, parents find themselves looking for ways to support their child’s learning at home and to find creative and engaging activities. Magination Press book, Lucy in the City: A Story About Developing Spatial Thinking Skills by Julie Dillemuth PhD, offers both! This adapted excerpt from the Lucy in the City explains some different kinds of spatial thinking and offers fun ways for kids to practice them. Think about a trip you have made often—perhaps to your child’s school, your workplace, or a store. How did you get there? You probably have some sort of mental picture of the route you took and what you saw along the way. When we navigate, we search our “mental map” of an area to figure out where to go. Young children are just starting to develop this ability, as well as other important spatial thinking skills. Exposure to spatial concepts can help foster a young child’s development of spatial thinking skills, and practice can help improve these skills at any age! Spatial thinking is how we think about and understand the world around us, and concepts of space for problem solving. Thinking analytically about spatial relationships is something adults do every day—by navigating somewhere, putting dishes away in a kitchen cabinet, or playing sports, for example. Grown-ups often take these skills for granted because we use them every day, but young children need to develop these skills. How Lucy in the City can help: Lucy in the City tells the story of a raccoon who, distracted by a jar of peanut butter, becomes separated from her family one night and must figure out how to find her way home. The story explores three fundamental spatial themes: Retracing one’s steps. In the story, Lucy discovers how to retrace her steps when she needs to find her way home. Kids might use this strategy to find a toy or other object they lost somewhere in the house.  Try this with your child at home. Hide an object in the house. Then have your child walk with you as you direct them from where they are to where they can find the object. Think out loud, describing your movements and things in your home that can be landmarks. Use spatial language such as on, above, below, near, next to, and between.“First we need to walk across your bedroom to the door. Then we need to go down the hall to the kitchen. Let’s look in the cabinet next to the oven. There’s the toy! It’s on the shelf above the pots and pans!” If your child is old enough, have them hide an object and describe to you how to find it. This exercises your child’s spatial memory (remembering where things are)  and develops their spatial language vocabulary. Interpreting a map. What makes a map such a powerful tool is that you can see a larger area than what you see from the ground. Looking at a map adds to your mental

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Magination Press Learning at Home: Spatial Thinking with Lucy in the City 2022-03-17T00:11:54-04:00

Lucy in the City

Have you ever had to find your way home? When Lucy gets distracted by a delicious jar of peanut butter, she gets separated from her family. With the help of an owl, and his birds-eye-view, Lucy uses her senses to find her way back to her family's cozy den. Hear author, Julie Dillemuth, PhD, read Lucy in the City aloud! For more information and fun activities to help your child learn spatial thinking skills, check out this blog post.

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Lucy in the City 2022-03-17T00:10:49-04:00