It’s a hit with the kids. Southdown Primary School’s new sensory path is proving popular with the more than 300 students in the building.
“It has been so nice to see children using the sensory path,” Principal Scott Oshrin said. “Incorporating movement during the learning process is an ongoing goal for us at Southdown. Children want and need to be physically active and stimulated throughout the course of the day. Our new sensory path provides another new and exciting opportunity to keep our students moving and engaged.”
Southdown’s teachers sketched the design and then brought in a company to execute the plan, which was funded by the school’s always generous PTA chapter. “I am lucky to work with such a supportive and generous parent group,” Mr. Oshrin said. “They are always willing to lend their time and money to help benefit all students at Southdown.”
The new path is in a north side wing of the building. It’s well laid out and accessible to the students who are enjoying it. It’s been a great addition to Southdown.
“A sensory path is a colorful, creative and playful way for kids to build sensory pathways, connections in the brain that are responsible for sight, touch, sound, etc., which enable kids to complete complex, multi-stage tasks,” according to an online overview. “A sensory path is a great way for kids to develop motor skills like balance, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness and is normally made with stickers that can be stuck to any surface.”
Southdown Primary School is off to a great start to the new school year. There’s always something new and exciting around the building for students to enjoy.
“We decided to bring in the sensory path after seeing some colleagues in neighboring school districts who implemented something similar in their schools,” Mr. Oshrin said. “Our goal is to provide opportunities for all children to learn in new and innovative ways. I look forward to seeing our students taking advantage of this awesome opportunity.”