Monday, June 28, 2010



I can tell by touching

From time to time we chance upon a science book that fits Anna’s development age perfectly. When we read My Five Senses, she found it too simple while My Own Five Senses was over her head. I Can Tell by Touching is just right, and has a good story and a good vocabulary of sensations one can experience through the sense of touch. I can see how she incorporates what she reads June27_Touch2 through observations she makes unprompted, especially when she is out of the house. For example, she always touches these flowers on the way to the park because they are the fluffiest and softest flowers around, and she observed that grass is soft and prickly at the same time, so it’s a tie. Sometimes it takes a while to get somewhere with all the touching, the holding, the talking about things she finds interesting, but I know that at these moments her little mind learns most.

The book had a small experiment in the end June27_Touch1that explained how our hands are more sensitive than other parts of our bodies. We took turns touching each other and trying to guess what it was and then played “mystery bag” recognizing objects by touch. Anna always enjoys games that have an element of surprise, so she had a great time with this activity. I hope to do more sensory play with her in the summer when  we can take some of the messier activities outside.

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10 comments:

Debbie said...

I am going to have to take a look for this book. Selena like Anna loves to touch everything in site as we venture out.

Christy said...

I'll look for this book! It sounds great.

Ticia said...

Sigh, none of my kids have ever had any interest in things like this. I've tried so many different variations, but they just won't try it with me. Oh well, soon enough they might.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I like the mystery bag idea - may have to try that one!

Joyful Learner said...

Sounds like a great book!

Cathy said...

I love book recommendations like this! Thank you!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I might have to look for that one, we've been reading so many books for the older kids lately, the younger ones have been a little behind.

catb said...

Love how Anna carries out what she reads and observes into other areas! Something I've been introducing Sal more and more to has been biographies. There was a great one we just read on Ben Franklin, and an interesting Brain Pop video on Helen Keller we just watched and tried out the quiz afterwards. Anyways - this is a long winded way of saying that Anna might be interested in learning about Helen Keller since she's diving into senses and identifying things with her hands :)

MaryAnne said...

This book sounds great - off to see if our library has it, thanks for the recommendation!

The girl who painted trees said...

Couldn't find the book at the library:( Oh well.