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  • Hernando Elementary School
  • Hernando, MS
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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From the moment we are born, we learn by exploring with our senses. It is very well known that children learn and develop though play; however, not many know how important sensory play is in brain development for all children. A few of the benefits include increased language, fine motor skills, and adaptive skills. Learning to identify how something looks, feels, and smells gives children a whole new set of vocabulary words that can be used and carried over to different environments. Their fine motor muscles also increase as they learn to manipulate various sensory toys and tools. Sensory play is also calming and helps with adaptive skills that are crucial for every child's development. It is even more important for my students with significant delays; many of which have sensory processing disorder. I can already picture the excitement in their faces when they see the bins full of thrilling sensory materials for them to dive into and explore. My goal is to include sensory play as a part of our daily small group rotations. The bins will be placed at a table that is designated for sensory play. Each bin will be filled with a new batch of sensory supplies weekly. The water beads and various textured/colored sand will open a learning window for my babies each time we use them. The small toys will be used in the bins to include our thematic unit in the learning process. The play-doh accessories will also be used to strengthen fine motor skills. The lights, bubble tube, and lamp will help me create a warm calming environment. The balance beam and tunnel will incorporate gross motor and much needed sensory input they crave. Please help me give my babies a learning environment that engages all their senses!

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From the moment we are born, we learn by exploring with our senses. It is very well known that children learn and develop though play; however, not many know how important sensory play is in brain development for all children. A few of the benefits include increased language, fine motor skills, and adaptive skills. Learning to identify how something looks, feels, and smells gives children a whole new set of vocabulary words that can be used and carried over to different environments. Their fine motor muscles also increase as they learn to manipulate various sensory toys and tools. Sensory play is also calming and helps with adaptive skills that are crucial for every child's development. It is even more important for my students with significant delays; many of which have sensory processing disorder. I can already picture the excitement in their faces when they see the bins full of thrilling sensory materials for them to dive into and explore. My goal is to include sensory play as a part of our daily small group rotations. The bins will be placed at a table that is designated for sensory play. Each bin will be filled with a new batch of sensory supplies weekly. The water beads and various textured/colored sand will open a learning window for my babies each time we use them. The small toys will be used in the bins to include our thematic unit in the learning process. The play-doh accessories will also be used to strengthen fine motor skills. The lights, bubble tube, and lamp will help me create a warm calming environment. The balance beam and tunnel will incorporate gross motor and much needed sensory input they crave. Please help me give my babies a learning environment that engages all their senses!

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