May After Party


IMG_3831Each week after the weekly blog featuring activities in the elementary department is posted, our sensory cart is parked in the media center where it is available for check out by the rest of the school.

This post has photos of our middle and high school students enjoying books and activities from some of our May themes. It was a short month but we packed a lot of fun into it!




IMG_3412IMG_3835We celebrated the Kentucky Derby by learning about the State of Kentucky.

IMG_3990Horses of various textures, sizes, and……even some that made noise were included in our “run for the roses” box.



IMG_3415IMG_3994All sorts of items associated with Kentucky could be found in our box filled with “blue grass”. There were even some Lincoln Logs—-Abe was born there!








IMG_4041IMG_4011Black beans represented coal……….. the state mineral of Kentucky.










IMG_3440Rice in the colors of the University of Kentucky gave a nod to the winningest NCAA basketball team.









IMG_3991IMG_3428The students had a lot of fun with our mini Fort Knox.

IMG_3410                                                                           That sparkle is just SO enticing!




IMG_3494The Kentucky Derby has one of the largest fireworks displays! Ours was a lot smaller, contained in a little baton but it was still big on FUN!










IMG_3502IMG_4046Two Louisville sisters wrote the Happy Birthday song and that had us thinking about parties!  Since soda is often a party treat, our students got to choose between 2 different soda scented (Sprite and strawberry Fanta) lip balms to rub on their wrists.







IMG_3477IMG_3468We turned a mammoth umbrella into Mammoth Cave and let our students hunt for cave animals with a mini flashlight.

IMG_4030                                                                                           Very cool!



IMG_4662Our next unit took us to North Carolina! Some of the pictures in the book were taken by Susan, one of our teachers!









IMG_8189IMG_8190The students had a lot of fun with our Wright Brothers box.

IMG_4684                                                    They thought the “airplane goggles” were pretty goofy!



IMG_4450IMG_4610The propeller fan felt really cool……

IMG_4624                                                                             and elicited giggles…….



IMG_4451IMG_4695………………..lots and…..

IMG_8191                          ………………lots of them 🙂




IMG_4459IMG_4614We used a massager to give the feel of airplane vibration.

IMG_4464                                                                                 This was a big hit also!




IMG_4681IMG_4705Apples were picked out of corn kernels—–both grown in North Carolina.









IMG_4613IMG_4678The state flower (dogwood) and insect (honey bee) were sorted.









IMG_4634IMG_4687There was lots to discover in this box which was IMG_4703filled with things related to  North Carolina—including the state song on a voice output device.




IMG_4647IMG_4664The students had a blast with our Sir Walter Raleigh mud 🙂









IMG_4643Then rinsed their hands in water that smelled like Krispy Kreme doughnuts (first served in North Carolina)!

The students also had fun using a scoop to catch some trout 🙂










IMG_4786IMG_4735We finished our year with a Purple unit in honor of our Jeannie who is retiring! There were lots of fabulous purple things to explore—-including cute little Beanie Babies, a piece of soft fun fur…..







IMG_4756IMG_4864……..and some shiny pom poms!










IMG_4800Our purple beans were very eye catching and had an interesting texture.










IMG_4809The purple Kinetic Sand was a hit with both students AND staff—-pretty amazing stuff!









IMG_4731IMG_4794We had a fantastic purple light box that our students found to be pretty fascinating with it’s soft purple glow.









IMG_4758IMG_4849There were lots of giggles with our box of garland—-

IMG_4775                                                                             flashy, fluffy, feathery fun!




IMG_4818IMG_4791The students hunted for purple letters in grape scented water.









IMG_4748The grape scented bubble bath we used smelled really GOOD 🙂










P1010337P1010346Like all our other After Parties, May was a fabulous month filled with fun, learning and laughter!

Thanks for joining us 🙂

About jd785

Joy (Occupational Therapist), Cara (Speech Therapist) and Joi (Teacher) work with students who have significant intellectual differences. We look for ways to provide multi-sensory learning experiences to enable our students to improve their literacy, fine motor, and communication skills.

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