As Educators, fostering a sense of humour is one of the most important (though not necessarily emphasized) assets we need to have in our collective “tool kits”. But, you have to admit; sometimes all you can do is laugh, and a little laughter goes a long way.
Now that you have had a moment to enjoy the quite hilarious expression captured in the photo, let’s take a deeper look at what’s happening……
The photo was taken during a finger painting activity, and children will naturally use all of their senses to explore and investigate:the cool wet touch of the paint, the texture of the paper, the bright impact of the colours, the sound of the paint dripping on the paper and….yes….even satisfying the curiosity of how the paint might taste. And just as often, if the paint is not to their liking; a second or third sampling may happen ‘just to make sure’.
This truly fulfills the definition of how sensory learning happens with young children, with all the senses engaged so the brain can take in the information and make new connections. Those connections are how the foundations are laid for their future learning!
And yes, that face says it all....you have to admit it’s pretty priceless. Have a great month!
Don McMahon RECE
Jessica Chikoski RECE