Primary Analogies 3
Even children without reading skills can cultivate their ability to identify and describe analogous relationships with this program. Beginning with picture-to-picture analogies for the non-reader, then progressing to ones using letters and numbers, then simple words, children learn to solve and create analogies in five categories: descriptive, comparative, categorical, serial, and causal. Few analogy programs are available for this age range, especially one this focused and systematic. The ability to perceive and understand relationships and make connections between objects and events is a higher-level thinking skill that can help improve understanding and long-term memory. Comparing one thing to another, or seeing how one thing is like another is one way to help make sense of the world around us. Although children at this age will probably just consider these exercises fun, we know they are creating pathways for learning that will facilitate their comprehension of concepts and events in both school and life.