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Material

A drawstring bag made of beautiful fabric.
A number of small objects, rotated from time to time:
e.g. a key, small comb, walnut, marble, feather, sea shell, toy car, paper clip, lego, pinecone, birthday candle, wooden bead, cookie cutter, sponge, small bottle, cotton ball, coin, small spoon, brush, etc.

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson, demonstrate how to hold the bag, and ask the child to take it to the table.
  2. Slowly open the bag.
  3. Explain to the child that you are going to put your hand in the bag and carefully find an object.
  4. Explain to the child that you are not going to take the object out yet and that you are not going to look inside the bag.
  5. With the object in your hand, describe to the child how it feels, using descriptive words as you feel the texture, temperature, shape, weight, etc.
  6. Once it has been described, make an educated guess at what you think it is.
  7. Remove the object from the bag and see what it is.
  8. Place the object on the table and invite the child to explore the object.
  9. Repeat this process for a couple more objects.
  10. Invite the child to place his hand inside the bag and do as you did, feeling an object, describing it, and inferring what it might be.
  11. You might stay for a short while to hear the child describe a few objects before you leave him to work independently.

Exercises

Independent work as shown.

Language

This lesson is an accumulation of sensorial language, such as: rough, smooth, warm, cool, hot, cold, heavy, light, round, long, short, etc.

Control of Error

Visual upon removing the object from the bag.

Direct Purpose

Refinement of the stereognostic sense.
Applying the language of sensorial.
Mental visualization.

Age

4 1/2 to 5

Notes

You want many items to rotate in and out of the bag, changing about half of them at a time.
It’s wise for you and the child to wash hands before using this material.

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