The sensorial equipment is specifically designed for the younger students (3-6). This age group is learning through their own sensorial experiences and as such are attracted to activities they can manipulate, see, smell, taste or hear. The equipment identifies and refines the student’s visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, olfactory and stereognostic (kinaesthetic) sense. The sensorial materials are presented to children to provide them with means of refining each of their senses: The Coloured Tablets allow the student to discern the slightest change of hue within colour, The Pink Tower clearly shows differences in size, etc.
The same materials are used with older students in a more cognitive way and by analysing the properties of the equipment, children gain specific academic understanding. Students manipulating these materials can clearly demonstrate their sensorial abilities or lack thereof and then be supported by the adults in the environment to achieve skills required.
Sensorial learning is optimal at any age and if a new concept can be presented addressing many senses, the information has a better chance of being stored in our long term memory.