Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Development of the Senses:

We cannot move without our senses giving us information. The senses are taking in stimuli—the texture, the color, shape, form, and temperature. We know about the five senses, which we teach to children as see, hear, smell, taste, and touch, but there seems to be something guiding the movements beyond the information of sight. 

Within the sense of touch, we gain a sense of texture, temperature, and weight (the baric sense), but we also have a sense for where the body is in space. The sense of the location of the body in space is called proprioception.

They can be further divided into the non-somatic senses-- visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory; as well as somatic senses, which means they are localized all over the body, the ability for texture, pressure, temperature, weight, proprioception, and balance. 

Dr. Maria Montessori observed that the senses are limited by the organ, the range of tones and light, but the more refined and attuned the senses are, the greater degree of information you can get from the object. The refinement is critical for the enjoyment of life.

Jeannot Jonte Boucher is a Montessori educator and parent in Dallas, Texas. 

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