Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. —Carl Jung, psychiatrist
What do hands get to feel in your room? Do they receive a constant diet of hard, cold plastic? Or, do you provide a variety of rich textures and weights of fabrics? Does the water table offer explorations in soapy, slippery, slimy, gooey, icy, and cold? Does the discovery area include bark, seashells, sand, dirt, and mud? Building beyond the unit blocks can include straw, sticks, bricks, and logs. Wire can provide a powerful way for hands to twist, bend, and sculpt. Hands can provide rich curriculum.
In loving memory of Gryphon House author Leanne Grace, MEd, we are sharing pieces of her inspirational writing every Wednesday. Leanne was the director of professional development at Hildebrandt Learning Centers and a lifelong advocate for early childhood education. She inspired the early childhood community to prepare children as lifelong learners with her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. One person can make a difference, and Leanne did just that. She will be sorely missed.