The Sensorial Mill

The Sensorial Mill is dedicated for pre-school groups with a small number of participants as well as for children with special educational needs. Smaller number of Sensorial Mill’s arms (10) is very convenient when it comes to smaller groups, i.e in special or integration institutions. Ribbons are wider and shorter than in the classic version of the Mill, they have vivid colours but not being glossy to avoid possible visual hypersensitivity of children. What is more, the numbers that are placed on the arms are convex, smooth, the shapes are sewn and they vary when talking about texture. Exactly same figures which are used for pairing, of same texture and size, are attached with two pieces to each Sensorial Mill.

Once ordering the Sensorial Mill, you receive materials containing 30 game scenarios.

By working in kindergarten groups in many cities of Poland but also by conducting trainings for kindergarten teachers, we were given a lot of requests for modification of our Mill in such a way that it could be more convenient for children is small groups, i.e during compensatory classes as well as in special or integration institutions. On the basis of consultations with special education pedagogues, we have modified the Math Mill and transformed it into Sensorial- Math Mill. Its main task is to support children’s intellectual development with diffrent types of disorders. Thanks to teachers’ help who are involved in working with disabled children we were able to create 30 games. We are now happy to present our Sensorial Mill which consists of 10 arms in 5 colours, together with 5 types of texture shapes and numbers from 0 to 9.

The Sensorial Mill was created in order to support emotional and mental development of children with:

• intellectual disability
• deficits in the cognitive sphere
• deficits in the socio- emotional sphere

Disabled children do not have enough independent experiences which can let them develop their intellectual activities. That is why, they need additional stimulation which is adjusted to the needs, development possibilities but also specially organized experimental situations.
We are fully aware of the fact that maths education is one of the most difficult to work on with children with disabilities. These children, having psychomotor disabilities but also limited number of experiences, show less interest in intellectual activities, including maths ones.

It is important to carefully select teaching aids taking into consideration the level of intellectual development, manipulation and perceptual opportunities as well as the interests of the child. It is undoubtedly a huge challange for all teachers.
Using our Mill we have a great influence on building childrens’ experiences in terms of orientation in their own bodies and space or rhythms. We also help them in activities like counting, adding, subtracting or measuring. Additionally, we teach children naming and recognizing colours. We introduce them to the world of geometric shapes. We also work on coordination, balance and manual efficiency of all participants.
The Sensorial Mill plays a crucial role while organizing speech and verbal expression classes, understanding commands or practicing auditory memory.
In small groups we can organise corrective and compensatory classes.
While playing with the Mill we focus on using both motor and visual stimuli together with movement. These active methods are ideal for both small and big pre-school groups.