“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid”-Einstein.
After years of voluteering as a Parent Member for CPSE and CSE, and recent Autism and Library workshops, I have decided to integrate some sensory tools into my Storytime for Tots.The reason for this was simple - sensory is part of the 21st century when it comes to children and learning. Sensory Storytime is designed for children with special needs, but in reality, it's a great way to make storytime more interactive for EVERYONE with EVERY need. I jumped in yesterday with my first session of Tots and added two small, but very effective sensory tools. First I added a visual schedule. It was a great way for kids and caregivers to sequence what was happening in our time together visually. Second, I created a song cube. Using an old tissue box I designed a cube with pictures of popular storytime songs on each side. Instead of singing the same old songs each week, we counted to THREE, and I rolled the cube. The song that was at the top was the one we sang. We did this 3 times. The kids LOVED it and it added a little excitment and unpredicability (yet loose control) over the time together. It was a small change with a huge impact. I can't wait to do this again next week.