Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Making Sense of Senses


 

            Here’s just the book you need if you are planning to teach a unit on senses.  Dr. Reema Naim has written a second book in her series called “Adventures of the Sensokids”. 

I’ve Got the Wiggles!  is written in three parts.  In the first part the author is the character who explains what senses are and how they are like superpowers.  She goes beyond the basic five – seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and feeling.   She also explains two additional senses we all have.  Proprioception is your body’s awareness of its position, movement, and the force it takes your muscles to move it. The vestibular sense involves your body’s feeling and the balance required when you do things like summersaults, riding wild rides, or just sitting calmly in a chair.  She explains these senses in a simple, child-friendly way.

Part two introduces the four Sensokids and their sensory powers.  Naim explains how these senses play out differently from one person to the next.  With the sense of touch for instance, some kids like to play with ooey gooey things, but others don’t like to touch them, get messy, or even be touched by someone else.

With the understanding of parts one and two, the reader is ready for the story in part three, ‘Tareek’s Story.’  Tareek is an energetic little guy, whose need to move really interferes with his ability to focus in class.  He follows his teacher’s advice to call on the Sensokids to help him.  The Sensokids spent recess with Tareek, showing him things he could do to get the wiggles out.  


 Dr. Reema Naim is originally from London, England and came to California to complete her training in occupational therapy.  She supervises her pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and son.  Her desire for children and families to understand the sensory systems gave rise to her creative series about the Sensokids.

2 comments:

  1. Great review - thank you for sharing Jill! This is a must-read!

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