Children in the early preoperational stage are extremely egocentric; that is they are unable to think about things from any point of view but their own (McLeod, 2010). Toddlers believe that everyone else sees, feels, and thinks the exact same way as they do. Animism is a big part of the preoperational stage as well. This is where children believe inanimate objects have life like traits.
My classroom will promote growth and development so that young children can express themselves while learning about the world around them. There will be several centers where the children will be able to explore and learn through play both alone and in groups. I will provide quiet areas for activities such as napping and reading and activity areas where they can take part in dramatic play and …show more content…
Some of the scents will be familiar to each student and others will be new. New experiences promote development. The kids will gain a sense of pride when they discover that they have brought a new item that no one else has smelled before such as their mother’s perfume. They may also find that they have something in common with their classmates when they realize that they know the same smells such as coffee.
Taste is a good sense to experiment with. Because the children are fairly young, they have not experienced much. When you bring in new flavors you help expand their pallets. It is exciting for the children to taste something new and helps them learn about tastes that they like and dislike. A good way to use this sensory area is to have the children help make foods for snack or lunch. Kids like to cook.
You could have the students pick ingredients for a trail mix and let them add their ingredients in turn. Letting kids help cook is a good way to get them to try new foods. Another good way to use the sense of taste is to have the children make edible play dough. They can play with the dough and then eat it when they are