An Aha Moment…
A moment of clarity, the aha moment is a defining moment where you gain real wisdom- wisdom you can use to change your life…or Business
As I was conducting my weekly classroom observations, a three-year old began to roll a car down my leg and my back. I must say that I began to feel very relaxed as she rolled the car against my leg and back.
Then I noticed another child sitting next to me playing with some play-doh and she asked me to smell it. As I sniffed the playdoh, it brought back childhood memories that I had about playdoh. In fact, I shared the Aha moment with the teacher in the classroom and she was so excited to discover that smell can bring back a simple childhood memory.
After my Aha Moment,I was reminded that smell can trigger a memory and if smell triggers a memory, than sensory play has to be great for a child’s brain development!
Moreover, this is why I believe that it is important to have materials in the classroom that children can smell and experiment with.
Normally, I would have told the three-year old to only roll the car in the block area, however, I was amazed and soothed by the feeling of the car rolling against my skin. Furthermore, I thought about how children should be encouraged to be creative with how they use the materials, such as rolling cars on their friends; it just may calm down an excessively hyper child.
I shared this Aha moment with you to encourage you to provide more sensory play in your childcare business, because it is a great way to stimulate a child’s brain.
Feel free to share an Aha moment that you have experienced recently in your childcare business. I look forward to reading your thoughts about this post.
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