March After Party


IMG_9524IMG_9293Welcome 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 month of March.





IMG_9286IMG_9463We learned about Nevada with our first unit. In this box students learned about some of the symbols and key industries of the state.

IMG_9254                                                  The sunglasses we included were a big hit!





IMG_9245IMG_9505The students explored hydroelectric power, like that produced by the Hoover Dam.







IMG_0469IMG_9270They totally rocked the “hard hat”!


IMG_0464First invented for the workers who constructed the Hoover Dam.










IMG_9265IMG_9493Las Vegas is one of the brightest cities in the world so we included a box with some lights of our own.

IMG_9282Of course the brightest light would be from the sun. The students made replicas using yellow Floam.







IMG_9251IMG_9521There were letter N’s to find in turquoise (the official semi-precious stone) beans.

They also searched for animals in the sandy desert habitat.








IMG_0465IMG_9544The students practiced making circles—–like the sun—–or writing letters in the shaving foam.

IMG_0467                                                                            Always fun!





IMG_9257We finished with some lemonade scented lotion——YUMMY!










We celebrated Women’s History month by learning about some famous women in history.

IMG_0417IMG_0054Maria Montiessori, an Italian educator, promoted education for children with intellectual disabilities. Our rice was in the colors of the Italian flag.

Sacajawea was a guide for Lewis and Clark. Her tribe, the Shoshone, were clothing with beadwork.






IMG_0034IMG_0441Our Silent Spring box honored Rachel Carson—-she started the modern environmental movement.

Emmeline Pankhurst was a British suffragette.







IMG_0066IMG_0447Bessie Coleman was the first African American to become a pilot.

IMG_0421The students had a blast with the fun box dedicated to her!





IMG_0060IMG_0074Edith Flanigen was a scientist who invented a molecular sieve. The students experimented with a regular sieve in our water play.

Our scent for the week was a fruity scent dedicated to Julia Child.






March Madness was our next fun theme!

IMG_0494IMG_0500The students had a blast picking out shaker pompoms in the colors of the favorite teams…….








IMG_1104IMG_3638 ……….and wearing silly a fan hat!











IMG_0506IMG_0488Our red, white, and blue oobleck was a tribute to NCAA founder President Teddy Roosevelt.

IMG_1099                                                                                 Such cool stuff!







IMG_1096IMG_0512The students cut letter B’s out of our basketball orange play dough.

They scooped out foam numbers to score points in our water basin.







IMG_0480IMG_1105The students sorted pompoms and beads in the colors of UCLA which has won the most championships.

IMG_0483Our rice was blue and white like the colors of the University of Kentucky which as won the most games.





IMG_3642IMG_3654The final four games were scheduled to be played in Houston, Texas so there was a box dedicated to the state—-complete with fun cowboy hat!

IMG_1119                                                                Pretty dapper 🙂





Our final unit was all about the Hoedown we had at school. Our book included photos from the event—-be sure to check it out!

IMG_1420IMG_1404Hoedowns are all about music so we recorded some square dance music on the voice output device and added a fun shaker for the students.

IMG_0828                                                                             Yeehaw!!!






IMG_1392IMG_0838Of course we included cowboy hats and bandanas!

IMG_1394                                                                       Fun!





IMG_1166IMG_0839Since hoedowns are often held in barns, we filled a box with sawdust. We also added some farm animals and square dancers.

IMG_1434Swing your partner!





IMG_1155IMG_1430The students had fun using cowboy hat and boot cookie cutters in the blue moonsand.

They experimented with different sized scoops in the water play—-especially fun outside on a warm summer day!






IMG_1156IMG_1168We made a “Goo Bag” with some hair gel and the students practiced writing patterns, letters, and words with their fingers.

IMG_1162It was something different and the students really enjoyed it!





IMG_1405Toe tapping fun was had by all 🙂

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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