Making Sense of their Senses
Look. Listen. Touch. Taste. Smell.
Did you know that you are using your sensory processing skills in order to keep yourself focused, grounded and on-task?
From birth to early childhood, children make use of their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. Children and adults learn best by engaging their senses. In fact, a lot of the childhood memories that resonate in our minds are usually associated with a sense. E.g. The smell of grandma making food or a song you knew all the words to as a child and still remember vividly today! Now what happens when you smell the same food or you hear that song? You get flash backs to those happy memories you experienced as a child.
When your child is allowed to use multiple senses to accomplish a task, he/she will learn more from the experience and retain more information. So where it might be a little bit frustrating that your baby puts everything in sight in their mouth or bangs their toys continuously on every surface, this is vital for engaging their senses and they are learning more and more whilst doing this!
Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ or ‘sensorial education’ is crucial to brain development. It helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways. This expands a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem solving skills.
Sensorial education encourages discovery and independent thinking, as well as imagination and creativity. Research shows that there are many ways in which sensory play can benefit a child’s development and learning.
Here are some of the benefits of sensory play:
Engaging children in sensory play helps strengthen their brain for learning. This enhances their memory and ability to complete complex learning tasks. The sensory activities allow children to refine their thresholds for diverse sensory information. This helps their brain to create stronger connections to process and respond to sensory information.
Sensory play helps children learn new ways of talking about the world. It aids their language development and encourages them to communicate effectively with others.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Children identify objects by touch during tactile sensory play, which helps them develop their fine and gross motor skills – such as squeezing, pulling, pushing and throwing. This in turn improves their physical endurance.
Problem Solving Skills
By experimenting with different objects during sensory play, children develop problem-solving skills and decision-making skills. They begin to find solutions to obstacles they come across during sensory play.
Sensory play supports a child’s cognitive growth; enhancing their thought process, understanding and reasoning. As children manipulate new materials, they learn to understand new concepts – such as eye coordination.
At KPS, we support our children in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding that helps them to make sense of the big wide world around them. One aspect in knowledge and understanding of the world in the early year’s foundation stage is “Exploration and Investigation”. This is about how children investigate objects and the materials around them and also learning about similarities and differences.
At the pre-school level, sensorial education is pivotal as it strengthens the all-round development of the child. Khaitan Public school, Ghaziabad, one of the best schools in Ghaziabad, is committed to making the young minds grow with sense and sensibility. Our education and approach to learning is never rote learning; rather giving exposure, necessary skills and knowledge.
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