Children dive in hands first! Why? Because since birth they have been wired to receive and learn through sensory input; using their senses is familiar to children. It's the most basic way to explore, process and come to understand and integrate new information. This is one vital reason for the use of sensory tables. Check out the pages below to learn more about what a sensory table is and how our favourite littles are currently using rice, leaves and woodland critters to develop neuropathways.
Learning through the Senses
Can you guess what we might be doing? We are creating beautiful rainbow cupcakes. Mixing the colours is a vital part of the process! To get all the colours of the rainbow we had to mix a few together!! We learnt more about what happens when we mix: Red and yellow drops make a brilliant orange. Yellow and blue gave us a mossy green, and blue and red gave us purple, the rainbow's final colour! For more colour work we've been doing lately you could also take a look at the wall inside TreeFrog for our magical hands exhibit.
Enjoy the photos - we had a lot of fun!
we love to bake!
Almost every week, we have been doing some baking. Recently we made zucchini bread! Everyone took a turn grating the zucchini, mixing and stirring the ingredients together. After it baked, we got to eat it!
We made two loaves. We ate one and the other was sent to our great volunteer helper, Doug- he takes care of our yard and odd jobs.
When children bake and cook they learn many skills. Here are just a few examples of what your child is learning through these activities: They develop an understanding of basic math and science skills: volume, weight and measurement. They are also enhancing their social skills with taking turns and learning to work together on a group project.
(This post was included in the preschool room journals of all the children who participated.)