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The Sensorial Mill

The Sensorial Mill is dedicated to preschool groups with a small number of participants as well as to children with special educational needs. This tool has a smaller number of arms than the Math Mill (10), which is convenient for smaller groups, i.e in special needs education. The ribbons are wider and shorter than in the classic version of the Mill, they have vivid colours, but are not too bright in order to avoid possible visual hypersensitivity of the children. What is more, the numbers that are placed on the arms are smooth and convex, whereas the shapes are sewn on and vary in texture.

When ordering the Sensorial Mill, you receive materials containing instructions to different games.

Working with kindergarten groups in different Polish cities and conducting trainings for kindergarten teachers, we received a lot of requests to modify our Mill in such a way that it would be easier to use for children in small groups, i.e in compensatory lessons as well as in special needs education. After consulting teachers in the field of special needs eduaction, we modified the Math Mill and transformed it into the Sensorial Mill. Its main task is to support the cognitive development of children with different types of disorders. Thanks to the help of teachers who work with disabled children we were able to create 30 different games. We are now happy to present our Sensorial Mill which consists of 10 arms in 5 colours, numbers from 0 to 9 and shapes of five different types of texture.

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

• intellectual disability
• cognitive deficits
• socio-emotional deficits

Disabled children do not make enough independent experiences which would allow them to develop their intellectual activity. They require additional stimulation which is adjusted to their needs and possibilities, as well as situations which are designed to help them make their own, independent experiences.
We are fully aware of the fact that maths education is one of the most difficult areas for children with disabilities. Children with psychomotor disorders and a limited number of independent experiences, show less interest in intellectual activity, including mathematics.

It is important to select teaching aids carefully, taking into consideration the interests of the children, their level of intellectual development as well as their manipulative and perceptual skills. This poses a serious challenge to countless teachers.
While playing with the Sensorial Mill the children will gain body awareness, develop spatial orientation and an understanding of rhythms. The Mill will also support the process of learning to count, add, subtract and measure. The children learn to recognize and name colours in a playful way. We introduce them to the world of geometrical figures. The kids also work on their coordination, balance and manual skills.
The Sensorial Mill can play a crucial role in speech and verbal expression classes, learning to understand commands or practicing auditory memory.
Using the Sensorial Mill it is possible to conduct compensatory lessons with small groups.
While playing with the Mill we focus on using both motor and visual stimuli together with movement. These active methods are ideal for big and small preschool groups.

The Sensorial Mill is legally protected intellectual property. It was registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office EUIPO under the number 007694393.