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Habits of Mind: Gathering data through all senses

Posted Nov. 2, 2016

“It is not easy to describe the sea without the mouth.” - Kokyu

Illustration of the habit of mind gathering data through all senses November marks our first month-long habit: Gathering data through all senses. Most linguistic, cultural and physical learning is derived from the environment by observing or taking it in through the five senses. Those whose sensory pathways are open, alert and acute absorb more information from the environment than those whose pathways are oblivious to sensory stimuli. The more regions of the brain that store data about a subject, the more interconnection there is – and this cross-referencing of data strengthens it into something that's learned rather than just memorized.

We refer to the five senses with our younger students as hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, tasting. For our older students, we use words such as visual, tactile, kinesthetic, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, engaged and hands-on.

Parents of our younger students may find he following animated lessons helpful in reinforcing the five senses: My Five Senses, The Five Senses and Five Senses Monastery.