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The See and Learn series is a fun learning tool for any parent looking to got a head start on their child's education. Each program uses a combination of pictures and songs youngsters mind develop and grow. The series is packed full of catchy tunes sure to be memorable for young audiences. See and Learn will show any child that learning can be fun, and this series will have your kids singing along in no time!

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Reviewer:ArchiveofAwesomeness1886 - - September 18, 2022
Subject: This wasn't released in 2009

Oh no, not at all. In fact this video is EXACTLY what it looks like, some cheaply made educational video from the 80s. Kid Stuff was the company that originally released this video, as part of their see and learn series (obviously this isn't the original version because I think that version had sort of a disclaimer on it in the beginning like the others) then Digiview released it and Children's Video of America had the copyright of it, (did they somehow get the rights I dunno). They didn't use any masters but instead just a random copy of the tape, hence the poor quality. Tutm entertainment released this version of it on dvd in 2009. I also saw a few versions on vhs online, but this is so obscure it's very difficult to keep track of details. I wonder what the original VHS copy of this looks (I have seen pictures of the cover and the tape, but I'm talking about the actual video itself) and sounds like (because the digiview and tutm releases seemed to take a copy with tape damage during the square song) or if it has hi fi sound (some copies might)

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See and Learn First Concepts

See and Learn First Concepts is designed to help parents and educators to teach children about space, shapes and size.

See and Learn First Concepts is the second step in See and Learn Numbers . It is designed to teach children about shapes, colors, sizes, ordering, comparing, sorting and sequences. See and Learn First Concepts also teaches the language needed to talk about these concepts.


See and Learn First Concepts includes the following activities:

  • Matching Sizes
  • Matching Colors
  • Matching Shapes
  • Matching Positions
  • Selecting Sizes
  • Selecting Colors
  • Selecting Shapes
  • Selecting Positions
  • Naming Sizes
  • Naming Colors
  • Naming Shapes
  • Naming Positions
  • Sorting Colors
  • Sorting Shapes
  • Comparing Sizes
  • Learning Ordering
  • Learning Sequences

The concepts taught are:

  • Sizes - big/small, thick/thin, long/short, tall/short
  • Colors - red, blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, white, brown, black, purple
  • Shapes - square, circle, triangle, rectangle, star, diamond, oval
  • Comparisons - big/bigger/biggest, small/smaller/smallest, thick/thicker/thickest, thin/thinner/thinnest, tall/taller/tallest, short/shorter/shortest, long/longer/longest
  • Ordering - first/second/last
  • Positions - in, on, under, next to, in front, behind

When to start

See and Learn First Concepts is suitable for children who understand and can say (or sign) at least 100 words. For many children with Down syndrome, this will be at around 3 or 4 years of age.

Children who are working through the activities in See and Learn First Concepts can also be working through the activities in See and Learn First Counting .

See and Learn First Concepts will be available as apps for a variety of tablet and computer platforms and as ready-made kits.

  • See and Learn First Concepts for Apple iPads - coming soon
  • See and Learn First Concepts for Android Tablets - coming soon
  • See and Learn First Concepts for Windows 10 devices - coming soon

(Apps include US and UK English editions.)

  • See and Learn First Concepts - US English edition - coming soon
  • See and Learn First Concepts - UK English edition - coming soon

The development of See and Learn Numbers was generously supported by the Big Lottery Fund and The Rayne Foundation .

we learn flat and three-dimensional geometric shapes

Masaru Ibuka in his book “After three it's too late” claims that in the first three years of life a child has the highest potential for learning and development, so inaction is akin to a crime.

Of course, we may feel that the child is too small. And what can he learn if he cannot even speak? But the brain of a child, like a sponge, absorbs all the information around it. And it depends on the parents what the child will learn at this age. nine0003

Is it worth it to start learning geometric shapes at such an early age? Undoubtedly. The child lives in an environment of geometric shapes. The knowledge you give should not be divorced from your daily life. Mom is the guide of the baby in this world, and it is absolutely not necessary for her to have a degree in order to tell the child how the world works.

Why should a child learn geometric shapes?

The first three years of a child's life is a period of development of brain cells, when a solid foundation for new achievements is formed. Already at 3-4 months, the baby is able to distinguish forms. This does not mean that the time has come to memorize the names of geometric shapes, but when talking with a baby, a mother may try to use the phrases: “Here is our favorite round saucer”, “Let's see what's in a square box” and the like. nine0003

Knowledge of geometric shapes helps:

  • develop spatial thinking, orientation in space;
  • broaden one's horizons;
  • develop the ability to compare, analyze, summarize and highlight the main thing, classify;
  • to replenish vocabulary.

And, of course, the knowledge acquired by a preschooler will serve him as an excellent help in studying mathematics at school.

How to teach geometric shapes with a preschooler? nine0009

  1. Education for preschoolers should be built in the form of an exciting game.
  2. No need to scold the child if he did not remember the names of the figures from 1 time, even if from 31 - it's not worth it.
  3. Do not forget to organically weave geometric knowledge into life: “give a square box”, “take an apple from a round plate”.
  4. On the way to the garden, look for rectangular or round objects, compete to find and name the most.
  5. In the game arsenal you should have toys of the correct geometric shape - balls, cubes, designer parts. nine0016
  6. Usually kids like to help their mother in the kitchen. Get round, square, rectangular molds and bake edible geometric shapes.
  7. It is important to use tactile memory when studying figures. It will be much more interesting for a child not only to see, but also to feel, stroke, and maybe even lick the object of study.
  8. Load the child's brain in doses, gradually supplementing with information. For example, when studying shapes, repeat colors as well: “Look, what a blue oval it turned out to be.” nine0016

Basic Shape Memorization Techniques

There are many techniques and techniques that will make memorizing shapes interesting for children. The choice of methods will depend on the age and knowledge of the child.

  1. Before reaching the age of 1.5, we pronounce the surrounding objects aloud, supplying our story with information about the shape (let's take a round apple).
  2. At the age of 1.5 - 2 years, we use pictures, color the figures, use sorters to study the figures. We start with the simplest - the circle. We will connect the rest of the figures only after the child has learned the concept of "circle". nine0016
  3. From the age of 2 until reaching school age, we can apply all existing methods, following from simple to complex.

When studying geometric figures, it is important to proceed in stages. You should start with light shapes: circle, square, triangle, rhombus, rectangle, oval. Knowledge of these figures is available for children 2-3 years old.

Older children, 4-5 years old, include in their vocabulary and use the idea of ​​a trapezoid, parallelogram, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, decagon and other polygons. They already know how to analyze, so they can easily compare and find differences between figures. nine0003

Senior preschool children get acquainted with three-dimensional figures: cylinder, pyramid, cube, ball, cone, prism.

Let's analyze some variants of techniques for studying geometric shapes:

1. Sorter - looking for a "house" for each shape. The child will not only remember the figures, but will also develop fine motor skills, coupled with thinking.

2. Modeling . Sculpt geometric shapes with your baby - you simply can’t imagine a better activity for developing fine motor skills of hands and perseverance. nine0003

3. Three-dimensional stickers and magnets depicting geometric shapes can also help the child fix the names of the shapes in memory.

4. Looking for halves of . Cut the geometric shapes into two parts, mix and invite the baby to find the other half.

5. Applications . You can also make a geometric application from cut out figures. For example, a house (square + triangle), Christmas tree, car.

6. Outline dashed geometric shapes .

7. Color or shade the geometric shapes you suggested .

7. Finish the figure according to the sample.

8. Draw figures using stencils.

9. Listen to a fairy tale where the main characters are geometric figures, and then draw what you hear.

10. Put figures of different shapes into an opaque bag and suggest guessing the shape of the object by touch. nine0003

11. An excellent game for the development of memory and attentiveness. An adult prepares cut out figures of different colors and sizes and lays them out in front of the baby. They discuss colors, name the figures, and then the adult hides the figure. The task of the child is to find and name which figure is not.

12. Laying out geometric figures with counting sticks or matches. When the child masters this skill, you can move on to a more difficult level - solve puzzles. For example, remove one match to make a triangle. nine0003

13. Associations . Invite the child to name objects that a circle or rectangle looks like.

14. Laces and various insert frames , for example, Nikitin squares, where you need to recreate a square from several objects, or Segen boards, where you need to insert the missing part.

15. Outdoor games . For example, an oval, a triangle, a square, a rectangle are drawn on the asphalt. At the command of an adult, the child must find the named figure and stand in it. nine0003

16. Videos . There are a large number of cartoons and educational materials about geometric shapes. Watch the video with the baby and be sure to discuss what you see.

17. Find on the Internet and print out pictures that artists draw with geometric shapes, and invite your child to count how many circles, rectangles, etc. are there. objects (for example, ball = ball). And, of course, to involve the study of the subject through games:

  1. Finding a three-dimensional figure from a flat pattern is an excellent exercise for developing spatial thinking.
  2. "Sleuth". Children are given an “orientation” - a flat drawing of the desired figure from all sides. Children need to match the pictures and find the right shape.
  3. Create a 3D model yourself. An adult can print stencils from the Internet. It remains for the child to bend along the lines and glue to make a figure.
  4. Models, origami - you can try with your child to create your own voluminous paper toy. nine0016
  5. Constructor. Build a tower or a castle for the princess with the help of details. This game will contribute to the development of fine motor skills, imagination, understanding the properties of three-dimensional figures.

The study of geometric figures should not become torture for a child and an adult. Choose the method that's right for you. Show patience and ingenuity, and then the result will not be long in coming. Most importantly, do not forget to encourage the child for his new discoveries and repeat the knowledge gained from time to time. nine0003

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Synesthesia: what it is, how it manifests itself, where it comes from

About 4% of people can see color music or taste the words. There are many creative people among them - for example, Nabokov, Rimsky-Korsakov and Kandinsky. We tell you what this ability is and whether it can be developed

  • What is it
  • Species
  • Why study synesthetes
  • Causes
  • Features
  • Pluses and minuses
  • Is it possible to develop
  • What to read on the topic

What is synesthesia

Synesthesia is a rare psychological phenomenon in which a person connects a signal from one sense organ with a signal from another, although there is no apparent reason for the connection between them. A synesthete is a person who has synesthesia. Listening to music, he perceives it in the form of lines, shapes and color spots. Or, hearing a word, can feel its taste. nine0003

The word "synesthesia" comes from two ancient Greek words: "together" and "feeling". And if the related Greek word “anesthesia” means “absence of sensations”, then synesthesia, on the contrary, is “connection of sensations”. According to studies, synesthesia occurs in about 1-4% of people in approximately the same proportion in both men and women.

Scientists note that synesthesia is not a disease or mental disorder. If, when you hear a sound, you also see a color, this does not mean that something is wrong with your hearing. People with natural synesthesia do not have any mental disorders. It's just that the brain of a synesthete, as it were, adds, for example, a color reaction in response to the perception of sounds. Also, synesthesia, although temporary, can be caused by certain medications, alcohol or coffee. nine0003

Synesthesia and mystical superpower is not. If a synesthete perceives music as patches of color, this does not mean that the music has physical colors that are visible only to a select few. This is the perception of a synesthete, an individual reaction, which is determined by the characteristics of his brain.

Types of synesthesia

Conventionally, synesthesia can be divided into two large types: projection (projective) and associative (associative) synesthesia. In this vein, they talk about synesthetes. nine0003

A “projecting” synesthete sees and feels clearly and clearly, that is, it “projects” additional qualities over perceived smells, sounds, symbols.

The "associating" synesthete does not see, but feels a connection - a strong association between one and the other sensation. For example, a synesthete of the first type, having heard a musical instrument, may see an orange triangle right in front of him. A synesthete of the second kind, hearing such a sound, will say that for him "the instrument sounds orange. " nine0003

Researchers identify about 70 varieties of synesthesia, but there are probably more:

  • The most common variety is the feeling of the days of the week in color. This is a subspecies of grapheme-color (grapheme-color) synesthesia, when the synesthete sees numbers and letters painted in different colors. It is also the most studied: “colored” letters are found in 1% of the population.

Grapheme color synesthesia (Photo:

  • Musical-color synesthesia, which is sometimes called "color hearing" - the perception of music in the form of involuntary color spots, stripes, waves. Probably, this type of synesthesia was with the abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky.

"Impression III (Concert)" written by Kandinsky after attending Arnold Schoenberg's concert (Photo: wikipedia. org)

  • Space-time synesthesia is also common and rather unusual: the synesthete perceives time as colored or three-dimensional, visualizes the days of the week, months and years as lines, figures, and colored spots stretched on a plane.

In spatio-temporal synesthesia, some synesthetes see the days of the week or months arranged in a circle around them and painted in different colors (Photo:

  • The rarest forms of synesthesia are associated with gustatory and tactile sensations. For example, a synesthete, when looking at a person, can feel his pain - this is called touch empathy or mirror-touch synesthesia (mirror-touch synesthesia). And visual-gustatory synesthesia, when a word or image for a synesthete has some kind of taste, occurs in approximately 0.2% of the population.

A person who has several types of synesthesia at once - multiple synesthesia. In such synesthetes, seven or more types of synesthesia can be counted. nine0003

How and why scientists study synesthetes

By studying synesthesia, scientists are trying to determine what genetic features underlie creativity, imagination, abstract and metaphorical thinking. Thanks to synesthesia, scientists have learned to rid people of the illusion of phantom limbs. Technologies based on the study of synesthesia are used in the design of prostheses, navigation devices, and data collection systems. Synesthesia research helps in artificial intelligence training. nine0003

To identify synesthetes, neuropsychologists use special tests and measurements of brain activity. The technique captures the unusual brain activity of synesthetes in certain areas of the brain when they look at so-called stimuli: for example, letters and or numbers of a color that does not match their perception. In non-synesthetes, such brain activity is not recorded.

In addition to separating synesthesia from the play of imagination and associations that are common to all people, scientists test synesthetes for accuracy and consistency of reactions: real synesthetes reveal constant and unchanging connections between letter and color, taste and shape, and so on. And these connections do not change for years. nine0003

Causes of synesthesia

Back in the 19th century, scientists found out that synesthesia is associated with heredity, and this fact is confirmed by modern genetic studies. Neuropsychologists now add that learning plays an important role in synesthesia, because the ability to recognize letters and numbers, which is important for synesthesia, is not innate. To understand how heredity and learning interact, large-scale longitudinal studies, lasting more than a few years, are required. Such studies have not yet been carried out. So while there is no single scientifically proven theory of synesthesia. nine0003

The most common explanation is the cross-activation theory proposed by two neuropsychologists Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Edward M. Hubbard. According to this theory, between two adjacent areas of the cerebral cortex, "responsible" for the color and letters (or numbers), there is a cross-activation or "cross-activation". That is, the zone of recognition of letters or numbers in the cerebral cortex is presumably associated with the zone of color discrimination. Such unusual joint activity is probably caused by congenital gene mutations. nine0003

This theory is not scientifically accepted because, for example, it does not take into account a cultural factor, does not explain rare varieties of synesthesia (for example, empathy of touch) or synesthesia resulting from trauma or the use of psychoactive substances.

How to understand that you are a synesthete

The founder and scientific curator of the Russian Synesthetic Society, linguist and psychologist Anton Sidorov-Dorso points out one of the main differences between synesthetes and people whose sensations are based on associations, experience or learning:

“Synesthetes have both ordinary associations and synesthetic associations. For example, the letter "A" in his experience is associated with one color, and synesthetically - with another. In the first case, the color of the letter, based on experience, may change in the synesthete, but according to synesthetic associations, the color never changes. And this is a completely unconscious story. If you ask a synesthete how this or that synesthetic association arose, perhaps we will get an answer about two, three, four letters, but there are 33 of them in the Russian alphabet, and he will not be able to explain the colors of all 33 letters. nine0003

Thus, the synesthete cannot explain where this or that additional sensation came from: in his experience there is no explanation why the sound smells like that, and the letter has a certain color. In addition:

  • The synesthete cannot control his reaction: perceiving a symbol, a sound, a smell, he receives an additional sensation without any effort , involuntarily, he cannot resist it.
  • Synesthesia responses cannot be suppressed or altered. They are very stable and do not change over the years, decades. nine0016
  • Most often, they have synesthesia, as far as they can remember, from early childhood.
  • In most cases, synesthesia is congenital and can be genetic in nature, that is, inherited.

Disadvantages and advantages of synesthesia in life

Studies show that synesthetes have better memory. For example, they retain more objects in short-term memory than non-synesthetes. Synesthetes also have better long-term memory. Synesthesia helps you remember phone numbers, lists, names, appointments. On the other hand, the possessor of such abilities may have difficulty with simple arithmetic calculations. Because, for example, the color combination of the numbers "2" and "5" may not match the color of the number "7". nine0003

There is evidence that synesthesia is associated with early learning to speak and read, figurative memory, high spelling abilities and musicality. Synesthesia is common among artists, and is often put on a par with creativity: a survey of 192 synesthetes showed that 24% of them are representatives of creative professions and that most of them are engaged in creativity in their spare time. Composers Olivier Messiaen, Franz Liszt, Rimsky-Korsakov, jazz musician Duke Ellington, writers and poets Vladimir Nabokov, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire are often considered synesthetes. Many modern musicians, among them Billy Eilish, Kanye West, Lord talk about their synesthesia. nine0003

Up to 20% of people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) have synesthesia. In 2007, a case study of Daniel Tammet, a man with Asperger's syndrome, savantism, and synesthesia, was published. He has a phenomenal memory, language abilities, and at the same time he is also a synesthete: he perceives numbers as having color, texture and shape. Synesthesia in autism has been hypothesized to be related to savantism, a talent for music, mathematics, art, or language.

Psychologist Anton Sidorov-Dorso confirms that there are indeed more creative people among synesthetes. For example, in creative universities, up to a third of students can be synesthetes. Their brain is arranged in such a way that it strives for self-expression in symbolic, and not in technical forms. At the same time, there are either as many synesthetes among recognized geniuses as in the entire population, or even fewer. Sidorov-Dorso attributes this to a formality that synesthetes cannot skip. They are so attached to their feelings that these feelings seem to be true to them. If the synesthete manages to overcome the threshold of formality, then his talent will resonate with the general public. nine0003

Is it possible to develop synesthesia

Scientists suggest that synesthesia also occurs in people who do not fall under the typical definition of synesthetes. For example, many who do not perceive musical notes as colored in different colors will nevertheless agree that some notes are heard “brighter” for them, and some are “darker”. If you follow this idea, it is estimated that about 20% of people have at least a mild form of synesthesia. So it is quite possible that you are already a synesthete to some extent and you don’t need to develop anything special. nine0003

Synesthesia may occur during meditation. This conclusion was made by Tibetologist, physician and anthropologist Dr. Bill Bushell (William C. Bushell), studying the internal state of Buddhist adherents in meditative states. The more you practice meditation, the more often manifestations of synesthesia appear, the researcher claims.

Some scientists also look positively at the "training" of synesthesia and believe that a non-synesthete can develop synesthesia.

Dr. Romke Rouw, psychologist at the University of Amsterdam, researcher in the field of cognitive and neurosciences in the report "Synesthesia: opinions and perspectives":

“Can a non-synesthete train to become a synesthete? Yes it is possible! On the other hand, it is equally possible that there are limits to the extent to which a non-synesthete can learn this. I believe scientific research will shed light on this interesting question in the near future.”

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