Integrating Sensory Play into Curriculum; When setting the stage for sensory play teachers must support children’s exploration by providing space for messy activities and materials that can be fully explored! You will explore the idea of integrating sensory play into the curriculum. For this assignment you will choose an age appropriate topic and integrate that topic into all areas of sensory development. (Your topic should NOT be the five senses. The topic should be something interesting the children are discussing learning about in class: examples would be apples bees snow, etc. (do not do one of these topics- you will need to come up with one on your own). You will address the five senses with your chosen topic.
Part One: The topic and activities should be completed on a planning web. Your topic and related activities would be for one week of instruction so the topic should have a narrowed focus. (Ex- Spring is too broad for one week- caterpillars would be a more narrowed focus for Spring). I have attached one that I quickly made but there are plenty of blank ones that you can find on line also. You should not use one that is already completed- use a blank one and map out your curriculum in the five areas. (Your topic should be in the center and each bubble should contain the activity you have planned that relates to that chosen topic). Integrating Sensory Play into Curriculum
Part 2: In addition to your graphic organizer, you should have a summary write up that discusses each activity in detail. Included should be: a minimum of one activity for each of the five senses that relate to your chosen topic. For each activity, you should include details describing your activity (minimum of 5 complete sentences) Things to note: if you choose to play a song or read a book- simply stating you will do that is not adequate. You must list the song, what you will do with the song, what children will learn from listening to the song, etc. Integrating Sensory Play into Curriculum
Information is incorporated into a planning web (20 points)
A curriculum planning web including an appropriate topic is included (10 points)
A curriculum planning web including a minimum of one activity for each of the five sense (20 points)
An implementation paragraph that discusses each of the 5 activities in detail should be included (50 points)
Points are deducted for errors in grammar, spelling and readability.