- Spotlight on Little Wonders
Every week we allow our children to explore food in many ways. They observe texture, shape, color, smell and sometimes taste. This week we explored two different foods. You will notice the children’s enthusiasm for the experience! These experiences allow for a greater understanding of food and create a learning opportunity out of something we do every day: eat!
Sensory play is essential in our everyday activities in school! Sensory play encourages the brain development in the infants and helps them to make sense of the world we live in. One day, we provided the children with a sand bin. There were shells and other materials in the bin to serve as a provocation. We provided them a time period to use dry sand, and then after a while, we added water to give the sand a different texture.
Last week, the children were introduced to sensory bottles which, in this case, were bottles filled with herbs and spices like cinnamon and rosemary. Gabby, our Food as a Language atelierista, made the bottles to engage the children’s sense of smell. The experience was a hit, and although the children cannot talk, they spent time smelling and reacting to the array of scents.
The infants are understanding more and more about the world they live in every day. We provide many sensory experiences throughout the day to allow the children to explore and develop their senses. Materials play a huge role in this stage of development, so we value the importance of materials in the classroom. They should be interesting, provoke curiosity, and be open-ended. This past week was a true sensory exploration for the infants. They explored with touch, sight, smell, and a variety of textures along the way. Continue reading
Infants continue their exploration of rhythm using drums.Rhythm is a very powerful tool when developed at a young age .
Upon entry, the children immediately noticed that drums were placed in the middle of the room. The children were very intrigued and ready to explore the sounds they can create with several different materials.
Initially , the children hit the drums with only their hands. Clapping steadily while the children hit the drum surfaces allowed the children to begin understanding that each drum made a different sound.
A few of the children chose to introduce new materials to the exploration. Using toy balls, the children hit the drum hard or soft.
One child enjoyed hitting the drum very softly with the plastic blue ball, while another enjoyed hitting the snare drum very hard with the rubbery yellow ball.
This exploration allowed the children to develop a cognitive skill known as beat induction which directly influences rhythm.