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We're planning to run the project for first two grades of the elementary school kids, in which we want to facilitate the spatial thinking development along with the regular arithmetic course and make it easier for them to get into advanced math in further educational levels. What would you recommend to start with and which well-recognized and trusted textbooks, approaches, methodologies, and quizzes do you know what may ease this task?

We're located in Moscow as a company, but going to work way beyond the region, besides, anyway, I wanted to make sure it's possible in general for the considerably early age (6-9 y.o.) from the psychological point of view, first of all, without binding to the local realia of the region.

There are two disputable articles I've read up to the moment in this direction: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313588375_The_Development_of_Spatial_Skills_in_Elementary_School_Students http://ling.umd.edu/~jlidz/Teaching/F05Seminar/feigensondehaenespelke04.pdf

Also, I checked the OECD report about the early STEM preparation and correlation with spatial thinking and math skills development: https://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=EDU/WKP(2017)10&docLanguage=En

Thank you for help :-)

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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean by "get into advanced math?" By advanced math, do you mean algebra? $\endgroup$ – Chris Cunningham Mar 30 at 21:22
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    $\begingroup$ Additionally, giving us information about your location would help, since education norms are different in different places. Your profile indicates you are in Moscow; is this for elementary students in Moscow? $\endgroup$ – Chris Cunningham Mar 30 at 21:22
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    $\begingroup$ What age are the kids? Age 5 is a lot different from age 11. What does "first two classes" mean? First two classes of the day? Is there evidence that spatial thinking is trainable? That it's necessary? Please edit the question to clarify. $\endgroup$ – Ben Crowell Mar 30 at 22:04
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, the organization is placed in Moscow itself, but we're planning to go beyond the region. The planning programs are not online and suggest the face-to-face tutoring over a big group of kids (30, 40 in the room). $\endgroup$ – paus Mar 30 at 23:23
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    $\begingroup$ What does "without binding to the local realia of the region" mean? $\endgroup$ – Ben Crowell Apr 1 at 21:59
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Well, this is not a systematic course proposal, but a list of useful references I've collected about the subject:

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  • This is a 3D game that connects Spatial Thinking with Languages: Trip-Lets. Here a children playing with it: https://youtu.be/n5ymEpqvfSQ. The game also appeared in the "Geometry and Imagination" at ICM 2018 at Rio de Janeiro. There are version in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. If you want, we may try to provide a version in Russian.

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  • $\begingroup$ Ok, thank you :-) What about trusted methodologies as a package for 1-2 grades of school? Are there any on the market teachers may use and measure the quality? $\endgroup$ – paus Apr 8 at 9:22

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