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News Release 11-240

Big, Little, Tall and Tiny: Words That Promote Important Spatial Skills

Research shows learning words about size and shape improve readiness for STEM education

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One- to four-year-olds, who heard and then spoke 45 additional spatial words that described sizes and shapes saw, on average, a 23 percent increase in their scores on a non-verbal assessment of spatial thinking.

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