Through the generosity of so many people we’ve been able to acquire more materials, like red rods, for the children!
The red rods help children develop their ability to distinguish relative length. There are ten in total. The shortest rod is one decimeter (i.e., ten centimeters), the longest one meter, and each of them is one decimeter different than the ones to either side.
Here’s a demonstration of what the children do with them:
The knobbed cylinders help children discriminate among girth and height. There are four sets:
- one that goes up in height and in girth;
- One that goes up in height but down in girth;
- One that remains the same height but goes up in girth; and
- one that goes up in height but remains the same girth.
Perhaps it would be easier just to watch this…
We were also able to acquire materials for pouring liquids, cleaning messes, distinguishing among louder versus softer sounds, transferring cotton pompoms to develop fine motor skills, color boxes to help distinguish among colors, and temperature tablets to help distinguish relative hot and cold.
The needs never end, however. More materials are always needed, our utilities keep coming in, and we have big plans for a major building renovation next year.