Our children are dreamers. They are eager and motivated to learn. They come from families who are hard working and they are teaching their children that same motivation for learning. Many of our families fall below the national poverty levels; some experiencing the situation of being homeless or are home insecure. In addition, English is a second language for the majority of our families or they are bilingual households.
Every child deserves a great start.
Our children deserve no less than great. Our children are getting ready for Kindergarten, and it is our job to prepare them! When parents and students are able to worry less about where materials needed for school will come from they can put paychecks towards other things and will make attending school more accessible leading to a greater outcome for school readiness.
Children learn in varied ways, one of those ways being sensory learning. Preschool kids love to touch and experience learning with their senses. Great materials for sensory learning are play dough and kinetic sand. I purchase yearly as much as I am able, especially play dough because it's consumable and can dry out, become discolored from touching or even get dropped onto the floor and picks up dirt and grime! We'd like to attempt to make our own play dough by using cream of tartar and following a recipe to both save money and open an opportunity to learn how to follow a recipe, measure and create!
Sensory learning leads to endless learning opportunities!
Sensory play works on fine motor skills because you can roll, pinch, rip, squash and mash play dough. You can use it for math skills counting snakes, balls, pinches or even roll the dough into numbers. It can be used for literacy for creating letters. Children can explore their artistic side by creating clay masterpieces or structures.
With the kinetic sand we can work on science skills and use plastic animals to determine what animals live on land. We can scoop and measure. We can hide number and letters into the sand and name them as we pull them out. Kinetic sand provide tactile learning for my kinesthetic learners!
The cream of tartar will be used to create our own recipes of play dough. We can change our dough by adding colors and scents or tweak the recipe to get different textures and this will help us to sustain play dough play throughout the school year!
We hope you will help us on our sensory learning journey!
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