by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director
This week I have the privilege of attending a workshop hosted by the founders of New World Kids. It is a curriculum for creative thinking in early childhood. The creators have developed “the sensory alphabet” which consists of nine sensory experiences that children need to explore in order to develop into creative thinkers and help them learn throughout life. Shape, space, line, color, texture, rhythm, movement, light and sound. I’ve been stretching my artistic brain this week participating in wonderfully engaging activities that explore each of these areas.But the curriculum, as I will learn more about today, is also a way for teachers to understand the strength areas of a child (based on what they enjoyed doing most, or the sensory elements they keep using in their explorations) and communicate those interests back to parents. For example, in looking at the art projects of a 5-year old, we may discover that they most enjoy working with shapes, color, rhythm, or a particular media. I’m excited to complete the training today and begin to adopt the New World Kids ideas into the work that we do with our youngest youth. The parallels are already strong in our existing curriculum, and this new toolkit of working with the “sensory alphabet” has opened new paths for how we engage our young minds!