November/December After Party


IMG_0061Welcome 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 the months of November and December.





IMG_9166IMG_8775In celebration of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the month of November in 1922, we chose Egypt as first theme of the month.

IMG_8801There were lots of Egyptian items both old and new to discover in this box. The sarcophagus was especially popular.



IMG_8825IMG_9163Gold and blue beads represented the headdress that King Tut wore.








IMG_8795Our desert box had a sphinx, pyramids, and some camels.









IMG_8798IMG_9150Ancient Egyptians loved pomegranate seeds and considered scarab beetles lucky.








IMG_9169The students had a lot of fun wrapping their “mummies” with gauze.







IMG_8772IMG_8806They also had fun writing hieroglyphic letters in shaving cream!

IMG_8828                                                                             This was fun 🙂



IMG_8832IMG_8855Hands were rinsed in our Nile River basin—-complete with crocodile!

We used mango scented lotion because mango juice is a favorite drink in Egypt.






Our next theme was based around the fall festival we had at school.

IMG_9212IMG_9405Everyone enjoyed the colorful fall umbrella—–

IMG_9226                                                                                      even staff 🙂



IMG_9421IMG_0008The hayride box was filled with a variety of seasonal items.

Lots to discover!








IMG_9428IMG_0005There were both upper and lower case “F”‘s to find in the popcorn box.









IMG_0016IMG_0026In the chili bean box there were numbers to sequence.









IMG_0042Our chocolate “dessert table” cloud dough was lots of fun scoop!










IMG_0024IMG_9470They had fun with the fishing game IMG_0053and blowing bubbles.




IMG_9477We finished the group with “sweet cinnamon pumpkin” scented lotion——this was a BIG hit 🙂







We explored the city of London with our next unit.

IMG_0315 (1)IMG_0124 (1)Jet sounds were recorded on a voice output device and we used a vibrating tube to simulate an airplane ride.

This was a hit!






IMG_0151IMG_0147The students had fun using grey Floam to build a British castle—–like the Tower of London!







IMG_0324IMG_0133The “souvenir” box was a hit! They students also loved the cute little British bear.

IMG_0143                                                               Everyone enjoyed cuddling him!




IMG_0334 (1)IMG_0337 (1)Our oobleck was red, white, and blue—-like the colors of the British Flag.

After hands were rinsed, the students had fun pouring “tea”.







We learned facts about the month of December in this unit!

IMG_0680 (1)IMG_0931 (1)December has lots of holidays and this box included symbols of many of them.

IMG_0947Of course the christmas tree sunglasses were the biggest hit—-with everyone!



IMG_0957IMG_0937The Wright Brothers first flight occurred in December.

IMG_0996The students fun flying their little plane around the shaving cream clouds.







IMG_0969IMG_1003In addition to scooping up foam letter D’s, measurement was explored during water play.

IMG_0960                                                                             Lots of fun!




IMG_0965IMG_0995The students sorted white narcissus and green holly, narcissus is the flower of the month.

IMG_0941                                                                        They did a really great job!




IMG_0953December’s birthstone is turquoise and our blue beans looked just like the real thing!









IMG_0951IMG_0938In recognition of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in December, we put a peace symbol in our blue and green rice.

IMG_0974There was also a photo of the earth from space seen at the bottom of the box.



IMG_0963IMG_0975National Chocolate Candy day is celebrated on December 12. We made some chocolate play dough and the students had fun cutting out “candy”.

IMG_0954                                                   Of course all that candy could be counted!



IMG_0566Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the fun and learning the took placed during November and December.

We will be back in 2016——Happy Holidays!

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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