What is the purpose of setting up a Resource Room and how does it benefit Schools and children?
Recently, I was discussing with one of the senior educators of a mainstream School about establishing a Resource Room in their School. During the discussion, I was given to understand that there is a feeling amongst many Teachers and Schools that a Resource Room is meant only for a remedial class to address special needs children. We thought why not we share some information through this blog.
Every child is unique and in every classroom, there are children with different learning styles, IQ levels and ability to understand the concepts at different levels. A Resource Room serves as a multi-purpose, interesting and one stop solution to cater to the needs of all the children – be it a stand-alone preschool or mainstream schools.
In a Resource Room, using various learning aid and tools, a Trained Teacher can engage the children and help them sail through the journey from concrete to abstract learning
What are those learning material that can be used in a Resource Room?
The learning material are development focussed, scientific, natural, purposeful, self -directed, self corrective, hands on learning material that are used to make learning more enjoyable and exciting.
These are some of the classification of material that should be placed in a Resource Room
- Elementary Movements
- Self-care and Environment Care
- Logical Thinking and Value association
- Classification and comparison
- Higher Order Thinking Skills
How will using the above material help children?
Effective use of these material from a trained teacher is multi-folds. Let us look at few here.
Brain Development in children
The early years of children’s life are very important for their later health and brain development. Early positive sensory stimulations have greater impact on the brain development of children that leads to neuron connections. The neuron connections happen by providing everyday life experiences through sensory stimulations which connects the nerve cells.
Resource Room provides everyday positive experiences through sensory stimulations and help neuron connections for brain development. The hands on learning experiences from Resource Room help children to gain long term memory. Research shows that when we see, hear and do any task simultaneously, learning becomes enjoyable and the impact on child’s memory is significant. This is one of the greatest advantages of having a Resource Room.
Our fingertips are among the most sensitive parts of our body. They are densely packed with thousands of nerve endings that send messages to the brain. When children use Resource Room, the nerves of the fingers get stimulated and information about the concepts are wired to the brain.
Pre-requisites of setting up a Resource Room
- A dedicated place
- Trained Resource (Teachers)
Establishing a Resource room is an Investment and not an expense; the investment goes a long way as it is an exploratory learning and children learn with great interest, become smarter, understand the concepts better, learn to grasp faster and apply across domains.
“Play as the basis of learning, as learning aid develops interest to attend school and creates love for learning”
Special Educator @ PFLA
www.pfla.in / http://colours.pfla.in
Next blog will be on “The Role of a Facilitator” in a Resource Room