Place Learner

Creates “mental maps” by storing locations, distances, and directions to landmarks and solves spatial problems. Uses the walls of a room as a frame of reference; uses spatial vocabulary, such as "in," "on," and "under," along with vertical directionality terms as "up" and "down."  


You may see this:

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Other Examples:

  • A child uses a distant landmark to find an object or location near it. 
  •  After shown a toy hidden in a sandbox, a child uses the location of objects around the sandbox to find the toy. 

Help your student become a(n) Place Learner

Experiences in learning, remembering, and using landmarks build this ability. Discuss and ask children to go to, or retrieve something from, locations that are "in" or "under" objects in the room.

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.