Unit 2: Sensorial & Music
It’s time for our Second Unit: Sensorial, which also includes Music. Not only will we be exploring those classic 5 senses, we will also be talking about how to identify which sensorial learning activities, materials, and experiences your child is ready for.
Your Learning Journal / Workbook is both your guide to this week’s topic and a place for your reflections. You’re also going to want that checklist of materials and explanations of the activities on hand.
Lesson: The Hand
Lesson: Sensitive Periods
Lesson: Isolating the senses (Mystery Bag Assignment)
Lesson: Evaluating Sensorial Materials
Lesson: What to Buy, Skip, and DIY - Part 1
Lesson: What to Buy, Skip, and DIY - Part 2
Here are some articles to inspire you to take your learning deeper. These articles are optional but complement the course material. If you are participating in our community discussions, you may be asked to reflect upon one or more of them.
1. What does the pink tower “teach” children? What age child do you feel that this material was designed for? What age child would really be “too young”? What would you expect that an older child (who can expertly build it) might do with it? Read & contemplate those questions here.
2. Read this article by Lynn Lawrence on the importance of Sensorial activities. Comment with your thoughts.
3. This is a fun DIY from my friend Nicole. This is a great example of how to use what you have to re-create a classic material.
4. Do you know Maria Montessori’s “Silence Game”? If not, you might find this article interesting.
5. The best extensions are always the ones the children discover themselves, but it can be fun to engage your own creativity and try out some of the suggestions you might find online. Here are three extensions for the geometric solids. Think about the progression as well, from easiest to hardest.
6. Read one of these articles on how music affects brain development. Read article 1 here. Read Article 2 here.
7. This is a great example of how this parent made a lesson in rhythm a personal, exciting, and hands-on experience.
8. Here’s another fun DIY approach to teaching notes in a hands-on way and with a good dose of creativity! Don’t they look easy to make?
9. Get out some simple art materials and choose a different genre of music each time. Children respond well when you talk about how the music makes you feel and you consider what color paint to use or how to dance your paintbrush to the music.
10. Stories and songs just go together! You can use them very effectively to teach musical concepts, like Carolyn does in this lesson of the scale. Imagine the children acting out the part of the flower.
11. "Circle Time" doesn't have to be with a large group of children. These little songs will be a hit one-on-one, too! Here's a little list for you of songs/chants that emphasize rhythm. If you try one, let me know how it went!
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