Young children learn about their world through personal touch

gabephotoImagine living in an environment where you were always told, “Don’t touch!”  Young children learn about the world around them through sensory experiences and in environments that let them explore safely and at will.  In fact, touching is essential for early development. Children like to feel the paint on the page or the wet brush on their fingers; they may even spread the color to their bodies to experience fully what “purple” feels like.

In quality early learning programs, educators offer deliberate, experiential opportunities for young children to see, hear, touch, and connect with their surroundings..  These sensory experiences help preschool-age children master the basics of learning readiness — skills which will later help them listen, absorb information, sit still, and learn in a formal setting where information is often provided through instruction rather than experience.

At play, young children use hands-on exploration and sensory learning to gain experience building and testing theories about their world, continually constructing new meaning and knowledge. And these experiences help students gain confidence and the knowledge they need for later success.

Learn more about the impact of touch in early development. Read about how the Early Childhood Initiative supports quality preschool programs in our own island community.