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ERIC Number: EJ1003096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
Seeing Children Fully Immersed in Sensory Exploration
Guiney, Jess; Wilton, Sheena; Curtis, Deb
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n208 p44-47 Nov-Dec 2012
Jessica and Isabella were immediately drawn to the new chalk available on the patio. As soon as they saw the big basket, they found an open space and began testing the colors. The authors recently brought this story to their planning time with Deb, to share the photos and notes they had collected of Jessica and Isabella working with the chalk. They were particularly struck by how the girls immersed themselves in the chalk, covering their faces, hands, arms and bodies. Was this a sensory experience rather than the drawing experience they had planned? Observing Jessica and Isabella's immersion in the chalk helped them go beyond the usual way of seeing. Deb suggested they expand their idea of sensory experiences to study the notion of aesthetic experiences. Whether they observe children using paint, glue, clay, or chalk, they will be eager to see children covering their hands, arms, and faces and then reaching out to each other. From the initial dip of a finger to the colored water running down their arms at clean up, children see that life is meant to be experienced with all of their senses!
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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