“Recognition of familiar objects” is what we refer to as visual discrimination, says Ms. Wood.
Children begin taking in information through sight from the earliest days. And as they grow, they also apply logic to what they see.
Visual discrimination skills help children sort blocks by color for example, or decide if one block is bigger than another.
These skills also help a child when they begin to learn new vocabulary. A young child might only understand what “bird” means. As they hone their visual discrimination skills, they will be able to tell the difference between a bluejay and a cardinal through visual cues.
Speak often with your child about the differences in the materials all around you! Use words like bigger, smaller, wider or taller. Your child will be thrilled at their ability to understand the world around them.
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