September After Party


IMG_2595image9Welcome to the After Party! Each 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 the books and cart during September.

image1                                                           So lets get this party started!




IMG_2131IMG_2608Our first unit was based on following school rules such as listening.

IMG_2134The students had fun exploring toys that made noise and those that were quiet.




IMG_2136IMG_0653Another school rule is playing safely with equipment—-such as keeping materials inside the boxes.

IMG_2615                                                          Especially important with water!





IMG_2620IMG_2142Taking turns with massagers was a blast!










IMG_2622Demonstrating raising your hand is especially fun if you are catching bubbles.










IMG_2795IMG_2808Our next theme was related to the Unique Curriculum theme of government.

IMG_2803The students had so much  fun exploring wind energy using fans found in the department of energy box. This box was a real favorite.




IMG_2799IMG_0440It was all about the money with the Department of Treasury box!









IMG_0438Floam was used to make replicas of the White House!











Our Jobs with Hats unit had lots of really fun boxes to explore.

IMG_0728IMG_0729The mariachi musician box had a maraca, shiny beads and a music recorded on a voice output device had the students rocking out 🙂








IMG_3034IMG_3065They had a blast!!!!











IMG_3083IMG_3056Blue flashing light batons in the police officer box were really fascinating.

IMG_3025                                                                                 Pretty cool!





IMG_3062IMG_3045Of course, the football player box with both pom poms and a football was a BIG hit!

These students had fun showing off their ball handling skills.








IMG_3036IMG_3085And these students showed us how to cheer for the home team!






IMG_3075                                                                       GO TEAM!!!





IMG_3092IMG_3031The construction box, as with all our boxes, encourage communication skills practice.









IMG_3028IMG_3617There were lots of things to discover in the cowboy box, including animal figures that made noise when buttons were pressed.








IMG_3040IMG_3614Pop rocks were added magic to our oobleck—–although some of the students were not so sure about it 🙂









IMG_3032IMG_3605The students had lots of fun experimenting with the large syringe in our firefighter water box.









Our next topic was pretty unusual but really interesting—–Pets in Politics. We learned a lot about the pets of famous politicians. This unit was especially popular!

IMG_3777IMG_4360The French president has a camel!

IMG_4364Our students searched for camels in red, white, and blue rice which are the colors of the French flag.





IMG_0657IMG_0660They had lots of fun with President Jackson’s parrot named Poll!

image7The students got a kick out of the big plush parrot!



IMG_3954IMG_4362And they TOTALLY rocked the feather boas 🙂











IMG_3941IMG_4372Black play dough was perfect for making Bo, President Obama’s dog!

IMG_4187It is also a great activity for hand strengthening.





IMG_4198image6Can you tell, the play dough was popular 🙂










image4IMG_4368Our Socks the Cat box was all about similarities and differences in materials—–hard, soft, white, black!

IMG_3939A cute plush cat and lots of great textures to explore.



IMG_4378IMG_4386There was a fun plush corgi puppet and a fabulous British flag banner in this box—-Queen Elizabeth’s favorite pets are her corgis!








IMG_4379IMG_4366John Quincy Adams owned an alligator! There were plants and alligators to find in the jello swamp. Some of our students thought it was very inviting to touch……

IMG_3775                                                             …………others not so much 🙂




IMG_3776IMG_4369Hands were rinsed in cherry blossom scented water. There were also 2 “gobi” fish—-Emperor Akihito of Japan is an expert on them!






IMG_4189IMG_4188And just a reminder, not only are our boxes filled with fun but there is lots of learning going on. Here are 2 very diligent students answering questions about the boxes they have just explored!



IMG_0724Hope you enjoyed seeing our fabulous students. We will back next month with another After Party!

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.

2 responses »

  1. My colleague and I are creating a professional development workshop for other educators in our state about “Digital Literacy” resources. We use so many of your wonderful resources on a regular basis. Would it be alright with you if we referenced your blog and showed our participants how we use your resources during our presentation?

    Kind Regards,
    Tricia Sharkey

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