Multi-sensory Classrooms Initiative

The Multi-sensory Classrooms Initiative came from a teacher at a partner school over his concern for struggling students who may have learning difficulties or disabilities due to a lack of appropriate early childhood experiences. The aim is to provide pre-K and Kindergarten teachers with professional development and classroom materials to promote optimal sensory-motor skills, intellectual curiosity and autonomy in learning. In-country professionals serve as consultants and trainers.

Students explore various textures and choose colors and materials for a creative task.

Student works independently, manipulating magnetized wooden blocks to build her own creation.

 

 

Meet our collaborators for the Multi-sensory Classrooms Initiative:

Miriam Chuquimarca teaches pre-K at UE República Argentina in the Diez de Agosto parish.

She participates in ARP’s partnership for Multi-sensory Classrooms because she knows that children under five     years old have a variety of developmental needs, which are best served through extensive play with the appropriate, high-quality materials.

Fernando Rodríguez teaches Kindergarten at UE República Argentina in the Diez de Agosto parish.

He requested the creation of         ARP’s Multi-sensory Classrooms Initiative because he is concerned about the impact of pre-K and Kindergarten learning             experiences on student achievement in later grades. Specifically, Fernando suggested this initiative in response to ARP’s Education Program report at the end of 2016-2017 school year, in which Coordinator, Stephanie Scott, identified widespread and persistent difficulties with literacy skills in students from first to sixth grade.

Margoth Escobar, longtime Puyo resident, was born in the rainforest of Putumayo. She has been involved in numerous volunteer expeditions to remote communities in Pastaza, on her own and also as representative of government-sponsored sustainable development initiatives.

Margoth participates in ARP’s partnership for Multi-sensory Classrooms because she enjoys learning new things and loves serving communities in need.