Why is sensory experience important to young children?

Why is sensory experience important to young children? Sticky, slippery, messy… We start our day with getting messy. The children use their hands to touch and feel the paint. They make decisions on how to play with the paint and how to mix the colors.

We spend our whole life seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting, not to mention how the little ones use their senses before they can express themselves with language. The different senses are their very first way to explore, learn, and understand new information about their world.

Children learn best through “hands-on” experiences. They develop their language abilities, because they won’t know what “sticky” means unless they feel the object and learn to describe it. They experience cognitive concepts such as cause and effect, by mixing the two colors and see for themselves what could happen.

Children also have the opportunities to work on their decision-making and problem-solving skills when they make decision on how to mix colors, with their fingers or hands, and be able to react to the product of their endeavor. By making their own decisions, children gain confidence about themselves, which encourages self-discovery and helps them become eager explorers.

Sensory play also provides children with opportunities to practice their physical abilities such as fine motor and gross motor skills. They learn how to control their bodies which in turn enables them to use their bodies to play with the paint.

Last but not least, sensory experience helps children develop their creative thinking skills through everyday living by giving them open-ended opportunities to value the process of learning and interaction in addition to arriving at the final products.


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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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