Literary Expression and Science
As shown by the video example, literary expression can be effectively used to help children learn scientific concepts. Science, as an extension of language, uses descriptive components to describe or understand parts of the world. To help children more quickly get the grasp of the necessary vocabulary, understand the relationship between their senses and the outside environment, poetry can be extremely beneficial (Charlesworth et al., 2003). A combination of scientific study and creative engagement helps educators to gain the attention of children and promote scientific curiosity.
Sensory Experiences during Childhood
During my own childhood, sensory information has played a vital role in my understanding of the world. Through touch and observation, especially, I have learned to distinguish and describe objects, as well as expand my vocabulary for communication. When I was at a kindergarten age, my parents often used exercises for improving my sensory comprehension, making me name and describe various objects. This practice has helped become quicker in both my speech and writing.
Tools for Engagement in a Sensory Project
There are a number of tools an educator can use to introduce the students to a sensory project. One effective method is using accompanying images and associations to help children distinguish between their various senses. As shown by the lesson, the teacher has shown their students images of organs, each responsible for a particular sense in a human body. This practice was used to link the physical object (i.e. an ear) with the sense it enables (i.e. hearing), helping kids understand what they have to do quicker. Additionally, the educator also used her words to describe each image and used complementary vocabulary to make the topic easier to grasp.
Charlesworth, R., Lind, K., & Fleege, P. (2003). Math and science for young children. Delmar Learning.