Sensory pathway helps students learn at Summerdale Elementary School

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A colorful sensory pathway at Summerdale Elementary School is helping students develop strong social and cognitive skills.

When you step into the early childhood center, you'll notice a colorful mural on a hallway floor. The colorful nature-themed walkway gives students a sensory break from the classroom, giving them the chance to explore and move during the day.

Teachers say these types of sensory breaks can help kids focus better and increase their ability to retain information.

"We see them calm down, we see the tension leave their bodies," said Summerdale teacher Robin Johnson. "They think it's fun, they have no idea the real purpose, we just say, 'We're going to take a break and go walk on our path.'"

While the school year is wrapping up, other school officals are looking to install similar pathways over the summer after based on Summerdale's results.