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10 Sensory System 3-2


Sensory integration occurs automatically. It begins in utero as the fetal brain senses movement of the mother’s body.

The brain is primary a sensory processing machine, it senses things and gets meaning directly from sensations. Information enters our brain from all parts of our body at every moment.

24 Block Play 3-10


Block Play

Even with the electronic age, children still love blocks.

Not only children. Look how many adults build with Lego. Lego comes out with new block sets all the time.

So we ask ourselves what children learn from blocks apart from seeing how high they can stack them before they fall down.


Children develop large motor control from lifting and carrying blocks, stretching to place a block up high, and returning the blocks to the shelves when they have finished. They develop fine motor skills by turning around the small blocks to fit one on top of the other, or set up animals and people, or roll a ball or marble down a ramp. Co-ordination. Balance. Spatial orientation. Body awareness, hand-eye coordination, sensory exploration, and visual perception.

35 Observing Children 6-12




It is essential that caregivers working with children have an understanding of child development and the needs of children. By observing children carefully to note their progress, involvement and enjoyment, as well as focusing on the attainment of predetermined outcomes, caregivers should be able to plan a more appropriate curriculum that supports children’s development according to individual needs.