Did you know that there are 7 senses? Taste, sight, smell, touch, and sound are talked about most frequently, but when looking at development, we must also consider our sense of the vestibular system (which provides awareness of where the body is in space) and the proprioceptive system (which provides awareness of where the different parts of the body are in relation to the body as a whole). Because toddlers are at a point in development when the integration of the senses is at a peak, it can be beneficial to make sure we provide opportunities to explore all the senses. This is why we have begun to use the swing frequently - swinging brings a lot of awareness to the vestibular system in particular. Some children can't get enough of the way they feel when swinging, it is actually a calming activity for them, while for others the sensation can be unsetteling. Neither response is right or wrong, better or worse - just different, and, an indication of sorts about how the world is taken in and understood!
- Circle Time- Greetings and names, singing with Rhythm sticks
- Gym- using bells to explore movement and sound
- Art/Sensory play- exploring glue, painting - making holiday decor!
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- Reading- "We're Going On a Lion Hunt," Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin," "Jazz Baby," "Llama, Llama Holiday Drama"
- Math/Science- building with Legos, exploring glue