My Fabric Box

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FABRIC BOX 

*featured lesson on page #37 found here*

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Tactile Sense

Matching

Left to Right Progression

Material

An open basket containing six squares of material of different makes.  They include: denim, polyester, nylon, stripped, flannel and cotton.  A control set (placed in another open basket) is included in the form of a pocket.  Both baskets are on a tray on the shelf in the sensorial area.

Presentation 1

When the directress/or initiates the selection of the material:

  1.  Invite the child to work with the fabric baskets.  “I am going to give you a lesson on tactile sense matching in the sensorial area.  We will match fabrics of similar design textures.”
  1.  Show the child where the fabric baskets are located on the shelf.  After the child selects the fabric baskets say the name of the lesson.
  1.  Indicate the proper procedure for carrying the lesson (one hand on each side of the tray while holding close to the body).
  1.  Place the tray on the lower right hand corner of the rug.
  1.  Say, “I will match fabrics of similar design textures.”
  1.  Begin with the “control basket” or the basket which is cut out in the form of pockets.  Remove the top pocket shaped fabric, feel it, and place it in the upper left hand corner of the rug.  
  1.  Continue with the remaining five pocket shaped fabrics by laying this control set from left to right at the top of the rug in a straight line.
  1.  Working with the second basket (rectangular shaped fabric), remove all the fabric and place them in mixed order in a straight line at the bottom of the rug.
  1.  Starting with the upper left hand corner of the rug.  Feel the first pocket and find its match at the bottom of the rug.  
  1.  When the match is found, place the match below the pocket shaped fabric (control set).
  1.  Proceed with the remaining rectangular shaped fabric; matching similar textures from left to right.  Always put the match below the pocket shaped fabric (control set).
  1.  Read work by saying, “I have matched fabrics of similar design textures.”
  1.  When the material has been completed, return the rectangular shaped fabric one at a time to the basket, beginning at the left and continuing along the line.
  1.  Return the six pocket shaped fabrics to the second basket, one at a time, beginning at the left and continuing along the line.
  1.  Return the material to the shelf in the manner described in step #3.

  

Variation #1

Blindfold:  Proceed as in Presentation #1.  Using a blindfold, assure the use of the tactile sense in matching the fabrics.

Variation #2

Match to children’s clothes:  As a group activity, have a child select fabric from the box and match the material to a child wearing the same fabric.

Aims

Direct:

Discern similarities and differences in textured patterns.

Development of concentration, order, coordination, and independence.

Development of the tactile sense.

Indirect:

Left to right progression for reading and writing.

Development of organization of work.

Development of problem solving techniques.

Control of Error

The second basket holding the pocket shaped fabrics.

Language

The language appropriate to textural design.

Age

3 to 5 years old.