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April Teaching Calendar

Updated: May 7


Teaching ideas, activities, and inspiration to celebrate the month of April:

Ramadan, Find a Rainbow Day, National Superhero Day, The Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic, World Art Day, World Health Day, 'Design a cover for 'The King's Coronation' competition and more!



Featured

22nd March - 21st April - Ramadan

1st April - 1st May - National Pet Month

3rd April - Find a Rainbow Day

7th April - World Health Day

15th April - Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

15th April - World Art Day

20th April - Eid

22nd April - Earth Day

28th April - National Superhero Day


Just for fun!

22nd April - National Jellybean Day

29th April - National Zipper Day


Other Dates

2nd April - Autism Appreciation Day

14th April - Vaisakhi

23rd April - St Georges Day

23rd April - Shakespeare's birthday

April 17th - Yom HaShoah

April 29th - International Dance Day



Just Released!

'The King's Coronation - A Multisensory Adventure' £3.98

Join King Charles III as he looks back in history then prepares for his Coronation with this fully resourced, step by step multisensory story and themed, sensory extension activities.


Table of Contents

The Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling How to Tell a Multisensory Story Story Props/Resources Checklist The King's Coronation - Full Story The King's Coronation - Fully Resourced, Step-by Step Story Skills Promoted During this Multisensory Story Session The King's Suitcase King Charles The Author 'The Old Man of Lochnagar' Sensory Ideas The King's Table King Charles The Arborist King Charles The Archaeologist King Charles The Magician King Charles The Thespian More Resources Linking to Buckingham Palace

Visit the Shop £3.98

Subscribers find your copy in the Members Library!


'The King's Coronation' A Multisensory Exploration Online Workshop

I will be running a series of 'The King's Coronation' online workshops. We will explore the multisensory story of 'The King's Coronation', ideas for sourcing props and resources, how to use them as a tool to build communication and independence skills and for individuals to explore and express likes, dislikes and sensory preferences plus sensory activities.


Dates:

Mon 17th Apr 3.30pm

Weds 19th Apr 4pm

Mon 24th Apr 3.30pm

Weds 26th Apr 3pm

Thurs 27th Apr 4pm


Workshop held via Zoom

Run time: 30 mins

Entry: FREE

Book Your Place* email: rhymingmultisensorystories@outlook.com

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1st April - 1st May

National Pet Month

Raising awareness of responsible pet ownership.

Activity Idea

Set up a Pet Store Role Play Area


Excerpt from 'Jobs and Work Experience' £3.98

Told as a multisensory story, this resource explores the world of jobs and work experience.

The extension activities are set up to appeal to appeal to a range of ages and abilities.

Early Years and Reception and Year 1 students can explore the world of work through role play and classroom-based activities.

PMLD students can explore the world of work through the sensory props and themed activities.

For post-16 students there are ideas for work experience within the whole school and suggestions for where to look for work placements in the wider community.


3rd April

Find a Rainbow Day

A day to celebrate the rainbow which symbolises hope. The rainbow also symbolises inclusivity, diversity and friendship.

Engage in Scientific Investigation

Make a Rainbow

You will need

  • Torch

  • Glass

  • Water

  • Sheet of White Paper

Method

  1. 3/4 fill a glass with water.

  2. Place a white sheet of paper on a table.

  3. Hold the glass above the paper.

  4. Shine the torch from the top of the glass above the water

  5. Adjust the position of the paper until you see a rainbow.

The Science Bit!

When the light passes through the water it breaks up into all the colours it is made from creating a rainbow.


Rainbows End Treasure Hunt

This activity promotes problem solving skills and physical development.

Hide multicoloured 'treasure' items around the room, garden or outdoor area: Acrylic gems, baubles, buttons, coloured clothing pegs, costume jewellery, Lego/Duplo bricks, fabric & material, pom poms, ribbon, tinsel.


  • Provide clues to help students to locate the treasure. This can be done verbally, through the 'hot' and 'cold' game, riddles, visual clues or provide a map.

  • Provide a box or bag for the sensory explorer to store their discovered treasure as they find it.

  • Alternatively provide a tick list or create a laminated visual board for the sensory explorer to tick off or circle as the treasure is found.


Alternative Treasure Hunt Activity

Place multicoloured 'treasure' inside a box of coloured shredded paper.

Can the students use their sense of touch to find the items?

Provide a torch to explore how the treasure sparkles and reflects in the light.


Explore a Kaleidoscope.

Can the student rotate the dial independently and watch the images and patterns created as the colourful beads, feathers and small pieces of glass rotate?


Colour Sorting Game

Develop fine motor skills and colour recognition

  • Can the sensory explorer use safety tweezers/chopsticks/their fingers and thumbs to pick up coloured buttons, Lego bricks, pom poms, gems, and rainbow drops?

  • Can the sensory explorer sort items of the same colour into boxes/baskets.


Rainbow Sensory Umbrella

Thread the ribs of an umbrella with multicoloured LED battery lights (tape the battery pack to the handle of the umbrella)

Tie colourful ribbons, streamers, and mirrors (to reflect the colours) to the ribs of the umbrella. Rotate.


7th April

World Health Day

World Health Day is dedicated to promoting the benefits of good health and wellbeing.

The theme for 2023 is 'Health for All'

You may wish to focus on healthy eating, exercise of mental wellbeing.

Find out more



15th April

The Anniversary of Sinking of the Titanic


Activity Idea: Make boats from materials that float.


For the Boat Base: Balsa, Cardboard Box, Cd’s, Corks, Cupcake Cases, Feathers, Margarine Tubs, Match Sticks, Plastic Bottle Tops, Plastic Bottles, Lids Dishes and Plates, Sponges, Straws, Styrofoam, Twigs, Wooden Craft Sticks. The Sail: Balloons, Card, Feathers, Foam Shapes, Leaves, Material.

Experiment Make egg box and paper boats.

Explore Cause & Effect Can the sensory explorer direct a fan (battery operated fan/dynamo 'squeeze' fan/hand-held fan, paper/silk fan) at the boat to move it across the water?


Compete Hold a boat race.

Can the students predict the boat that will win based on the materials it is made from?


Explore Add cargo to the boats.


Test Durability

Add Ice cubes to the water. How well do the boats navigate these obstacles?


Engage in Scientific Investigation Add salt to the water. Does this enable the boats and materials to float easier?

Explore the properties of a variety of materials to see which materials float and which ones sink.


15th April

World Art Day

World Art Day is a celebration to promote the development and enjoyment of art around the world.


Spring Paintbrushes

This is a wonderful spring activity that engages the senses, promote fine motor skills and creativity.

You will need:

  • Dried grasses

  • Feathers

  • Flowers

  • Leaves

  • Herbs e.g., Lemon balm mint, rosemary & thyme)

  • Twigs/sticks

  • Seed heads

  • Straw

  • Masking tape/rubber band/string

  • Paper

  • Paint

Activity

  • Tape or tie different nature items onto sticks using a rubber band or string, dip in paint and get creative!

  • Explore lines, swirls and create patterns.


22nd March - 20 April

Ramadan

Sawm is the fourth pillar of Islam, the obligation to fast from dawn to sunset.


Enjoy a Traditional Ramadan Meal

This activity provides the opportunity for students to explore and express their likes, dislikes and preferences giving them a voice and a choice in their food, try new foods and increase variety in their diet.

Pre-Dawn Meal

  • Rice Pudding

  • Dried Fruit (Apple, Apricots, Bananas, Dates Figs, Mango, Papayas, Peaches, Prunes, Raisins)

  • Feta Cheese


After Sunset Meal

  • Lentil Soup & Crusty Bread


Dessert

Spiced Pears (sprinkle tinned pears with cinnamon and brown sugar)

  • Present the foods to touch, smell and taste.

  • When offering a taste, start with a little touch to the lips, offer a morsel, an egg spoonful progressing to a small bite.

  • Can the sensory explorer communicate a request for more?

  • Can the sensory explorer make a rejection if they do not like a food item?

  • Can the sensory explorer choose between two motivating foods?

As with all activities involving food items be allergy aware.


Just for Fun!

22nd April

National Jellybean Day

This is a fun activity (and we all need a little treat!)

Can the students guess the flavour of the jellybean? (To make this easier offer a choice of two possible flavours)


Can the students use adjectives to describe the flavour: bitter, buttery, citrus, floral, fresh, fruity, grapey, lemony, limey, refreshing, sour, sweet, syrupy, tangy, tart, toasty, vanilla, zesty, zingy?


Can other students guess the flavour by the description?


(Be aware of allergies and choking hazards)



29th April

World Zipper Day!

A day to be grateful for those little inventions that make a big difference to our lives and an opportunity to promote fine motor skills.


Explore Fastenings:

Buckles, Buttons, Cuff Links, Eyelets, Magnetic Clasps, Metal Hook & Eye, Shoelaces, Sliders, Snap Hooks, Toggles, Velcro, Zips.


28th April

National Superhero Day

A day to honour all superheroes, both fictional and real.


Suggested Resource

'Superheroes - A Multisensory Adventure!' (£3.98)

Explore superheroes as our student takes you through his school day and meets the superheroes in his/her life.

'Superheroes' - Click to view Gallery


Other April Resources

'Spring - A Multisensory Exploration/Teaching Resource' (£3.98)

Explore the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and textures of Spring with this multisensory story.


'Spring' - Click to view Gallery

'Blossom' Sensory Art by Austyn

(Thank you to Austyn and his teacher Jude)

This beautiful tree in blossom was created by dipping fingers into paint then applying to the branches to make the blossom.



Just Released!

'Shapes - A Multisensory Exploration + 130 Shaped Themed Activities' £3.98


Explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of shapes with this fully resourced, step-by-step, multisensory story PLUS 130 shape themed activities that link to areas of the curriculum.


'Shapes' - Click to view gallery

Thank you (in alphabetical order) to the staff and students at:


Churchill Park Academy

Harbour House

Henrique Figuiera

Seven Hills School, Sheffield

St Andrew's School

The Vine Campus, Leeds City College

Wilson Stuart School


Full List of Titles

The Seasons Collection

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter

The Weather (free resource)


Christmas

Dear Santa (free resource)


Culture & Celebrations Collection

A Train Ride Through India

Burns Night

Chinese New Year

Halloween

Holi

St Patricks Day


History

The King's Coronation

The Queen's Jubilee (free resource)

The Romans


Life Skills

Jobs and Work Experience


Maths

Shapes - A Multisensory Exploration (includes 130 shape themed, sensory activities)


Reference

Listen - An A-Z of Sensory Inspiration to Stimulate the Auditory System


Self-Care

The Dentist

Washing Hands (free resource)


Topic

Journey into Space

Minibeasts

Superheroes

The Beach

The Farm

The Rainforest


Traditional Tales Collection

The Gingerbread Man

Goldilocks

Jack & the Beanstalk

Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Little Pigs


Subscribe to the Members Library for unlimited access to all resources to view online, download and/or print plus FREE Zoom mini training sessions


£95 per year

(school/setting site licence - multiple members)


or buy individually £3.98

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Other Training

'An Introduction to Multisensory Storytelling Training'


1-1 £45

Groups* (Enquire for a price)

Whole School/Setting INSET* £250


Book a course and receive a FREE 6-month subscription to the Members Library!

*Groups and Whole School/Settings


Who is the Course Aimed at?

SEN Teachers, SENCOs, HLTA's, TA's, Mainstream Early Years Educators, Speech Therapists, Play Therapists, Parents, Guardians, Childminders, Carers, Support Workers, Activity Coordinators, Librarians, and anyone with an interest in exploring storytelling through the senses.


Course Content




In addition to this we will explore a multisensory story of your choice in depth, how to deliver this story, and how to use the story props promote communication and areas learning.



How is the Training Delivered?

The training is delivered as a friendly and informal session via Zoom.


How Much Does the Course Cost?

1-1 Training Session £45

Whole School/Setting INSET £250

For smaller group bookings please enquire for a price


Book a course and receive a FREE 6-month* subscription to the Members Library!

(*Group and whole school bookings only)


Course Length

1hour 30 mins plus Q & A.


Will I Receive any Course Notes?

Yes. Course summary notes will be sent as a word document.


Are There Any Other Free Resources Included?

Yes


You will receive a free digital download of 'Listen - An A-Z of Sensory Ideas to Stimulate the Auditory System'


This comprehensive guide explores fun and engaging sensory ways of stimulating the sense of hearing. The A-Z of sounds is divided into the following categories: Animals, Transport, Musical Instruments & Home. It also includes fun, motivating sensory themed extension activities. This resource is suitable for working with curious pre-schoolers to teenagers with complex needs.


You will also receive a free digital download of the focus story.


How Do I Book?

email rhymingmultisensorystories@outlook.com or send a message via the chat feature on the website or through social media


How Do I Pay?

Payment is accepted through BACS or Cheque.


I am a School/Company/Setting, can you send an Invoice?

Yes. Rhyming Multisensory Stories is fully registered with HMRC and can invoice.


Will I Receive a Certificate?

Yes. You will receive a digital certificate of completion













The Health & Safety Bit!

Please Read Before Engaging in any of the Activities


Health & Safety Advice & Disclaimer


  • The author has used their best efforts in preparing the information on this website and makes no representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness or completeness to the contents.

  • The information is for pleasure purposes only.

  • If you wish to apply any ideas and activities contained in this blog, on the website or in any of the multisensory stories or resources, you are wholly responsible and take full responsibility for your actions.

  • ​The activities are designed to be led and supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

​​A Note on Allergies/Intolerances


  • ​If you have any doubts regarding any activity or prop used, then seek advice before starting.​

  • ​Be aware of potential choking hazards.

  • Check the ingredients in any items you may be using for any potential food or skin allergies or respiratory reactions. If you see any signs of redness, swelling or other symptoms of a suspected reaction seek immediate medical advice.

  • The interactions should be led by the sensory explorer who should be allowed to participate without expectation.

  • ​Never force stimuli and stop the activity if the story explorer shows signs that they are not enjoying the session.

Your questions, queries, comments, and feedback are always welcome!


Get in touch: rhymingmultisensorystories@outlook.com



See you in May

Victoria:)



























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