Using Our Senses to Learn!
At our Ashburn Montessori Preschool we use Sensory Material. Children learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses. By giving children the opportunity to investigate materials with no preconceived knowledge, we’re helping them develop and refine their cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skill sets. We also use vocabulary words that goes with the texture, and feel of the cloth, like coarse, coarser, and coarsest vs. smooth, smoother, and smoothest or soft, softer, and softest. Learn more about the benefits Montessori Education.
How Do We Use The Sensory Cloths?
The children may be blind folded or have their eyes closed, based on touch alone they would match which of the cloths feel the same. We ask questions like “why they match?” and we talk about describing words, “how is it different?”, “how is it the same?” Even the temperatures of the cloths are different, the wool feels a little warmer than the leather pieces – smooth vs. fluffy. The children get to understand vocabulary words as descriptors, as they are experiencing sensory play. This is not only a matching game, but also a vocabulary – describing their world and things around them.
Doesn’t this sound like a great way for your child to spend their day? Learning by exploring and experience new things everyday? We think so too! Find out more about our Ashburn Montessori Preschool programs by scheduling a tour! You can also follow us on Facebook and get daily picture updates of what we are up to!