All in Early Child Development
There is more benefit to using multiple senses at once than simply getting more information. Each sensory system utilizes different parts of the body and brain. So, to put it simply, kids harness more brainpower when they use more than one sensory system at once.
If you spend time around young children who play freely, you’ll likely notice that sensory stimulation is pretty darn engaging. Pay a bit more attention, and you’ll also notice that different children respond to sensory inputs differently.
Working with young children has taught me “the simpler, the better, ” and there are few better examples of this than my favorite simple machine—the pulley.
So what are “behavioral schema?” The term refers to a set of behaviors that young children (roughly 18 months through school aged) exhibit and repeat when they are engaged in self-directed play.
If we stop thinking of the older children as yardsticks against which to compare a younger child’s play, we can see older children as compelling teachers who can scaffold a younger child’s learning.