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May Teaching Calendar

Updated: Apr 28


Teaching ideas, activities and inspiration to celebrate the month of May: African World Heritage Day, Eid, Europe Day, National Bee Day, Space Day, World Migratory Bird Day, World Smile Day, Vesak Day plus a Competition to design the cover for my new release 'Summer - A Multisensory Exploration!'



2nd May - 3rd May

Eid

Eid is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.

Muslim families around the world celebrate with lavish meals, exchange gifts and donate to charity.

Make Dried Fruit Balls*

This activity provides the opportunity to explore and taste new foods and to express likes, dislikes and preferences.


You will need

  • A bowl

  • A cutting board

  • Clean safety scissors or plastic knife (alternatively provide the ingredients pre-chopped)

  • A selection of dried fruits: Apple, apricots, cherries, coconut, cranberries, dates, figs, mango, mixed dried fruits, prunes, raisins, sultanas

  • Ingredients for binding: Water, oat milk or honey

  • Cocoa powder

  • A selection of toppings: Dried coconut, crushed cereal, icing sugar, oats

  • Vanilla essence/rose water

  • Water

Method

  1. Cut or chop the ingredients into tiny pieces (ensure there are no stones)

  2. Explore the ingredients then ask students to select their favourites

  3. Place in a bowl.

  4. Add a few drops of vanilla essence/rose water

  5. Add a little cocoa powder

  6. Add your chosen binding ingredient.

  7. Mould into balls

  8. Roll over your chosen topping

* Be food allergy aware


May 5th

African World Heritage Day

This a day to celebrate of the culture of the Continent of Africa.

Discuss the importance of Africa and its vulnerability due to climate change and poaching.


Animal Match Game

Print out an African Animals picture grid (see example below)


Print and cut out the animal skin patterns below.

Can the students match the animal pattern to the animal?



May 6th

Space Day

Space day is an unofficial holiday aimed at promoting STEM activities.


Create a Space Role Play Area

Role play is a crucial part of development providing opportunities to engage in imaginative play.

  • Involve the student(s) in creating a space role play area and the props to go in it.

  • Secure a black or dark blue sheet/blanket/bubble wrap/egg cartons to the wall. Add stars.

  • Create a rocky/sandy area on the floor to represent a moonscape. Add glitter to the sand for a shimmering effect. Make large rocks from painted scrunched up newspaper, and smaller moon rocks from scrunched up aluminium foil.

  • Provide an assortment of cardboard boxes, aluminium foil, space blankets, pipe cleaners, empty plastic bottles, old cd's, masking tape, tumble dryer venting hose, for your 'astronauts' to make their own rockets, moon buggies, and space suits.


Moon Dust Recipe

You will need

  • 8 Tablespoons of Cornflour

  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil

  • Vanilla Essence

Method

Ratio 8:1

Combine the vegetable oil and cornflour until you reach a powdered yet mouldable texture.

Option to add flavoured essence to stimulate the senses.

Press the footprint of a shoe to spark curiosity (the astronaut's footprint)


Create an area for Scientific Investigation

  • Set up a desk and chair.

  • Place on an assortment of items to investigate: bubble tubes, colour changing eggs, colour paddles, coloured cellophane, disco balls, fibre optics, foil, glasses with coloured lenses, glitterballs, glow in the dark stickers, glowsticks, kaleidoscopes, light-up toys e.g., bumble balls, disco glide balls, fluorescent chimeabout, glitter globes, glitter rockets, Koosh, LED multi-spinner, mood cubes, neon gloves/scarves, spiky flashing balls, spinners, UV bubbles, UV mittens, UV slinky, UV shaker, windmills light pads, prismatic projector, prisms, rainbow goggles.

Add fine motor tools to encourage scientific investigation: camera, magnifying glasses, tweezers, magnets, mirrors.


Alternatively create your space area inside a pop-up tent!

Decorate by threading LED lights and hanging cut outs of planets from the ceiling of the tent.


Extend Learning

Provide a box containing items of different materials: Plastic, material, metal, rubber and wood.

Can the students sort the items into their categories according to their material?


Dress for the Part!

  • Disposable decorators overalls make excellent space suits.

  • Wellies or boots covered with foil make great moon boots.


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If I stay here much longer, I'm going to freeze!'

'Journey into Space'

Table of Contents

Buckle Up!

Story Props Checklist

How to Tell a Multisensory Story

Journey Into Space A Multisensory Story

Developing Comprehension & Understanding

Story Map

Space Sounds (Listening Game)

How to Make a Space Themed Sensory Bag

How to Make a Space Themed Sensory Bin

Space Relaxation – A Guided Relaxation Space Adventure!

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Galaxy Art

The Space Lab

Space Design & Technology


May 6th

Anniversary of the Opening of Eifel Tower (1889)

Building Towers promotes:

  • Motor skills & spatial awareness

  • Problem solving, critical thinking, scientific & mathematical skills

  • Self-expression & creativity

  • Interaction & shared attention

  • Social skills: Encourage sharing, turn-taking, co-operation & listening to other's ideas

  • Confidence & self-esteem & the satisfaction of 'completion'

  • Development of language skills: 'Brick', 'More', 'Build', 'On'

Explore Tower Building Properties using the Following Materials:

  • Cardboard Boxes

  • Cardboard Tubes

  • Counters

  • Dominoes

  • Dried Pasta & Play-Doh

  • Duplo

  • Lidded Tupperware

  • Paper Cups

  • Sponges

  • Unifix (snap cubes)

  • Straws & Marshmallows

  • Wooden Blocks

Create, Revise, Demolish, Repeat!


Build anticipation skills.

Give the verbal cue 'Ready...Steady...' Can the sensory explorer knock down their tower on the cue of 'Go!'


May 8th

World Migratory Bird Day

Raise awareness for the conservation of birds and their habitats.

Explore a Variety of Different Shapes, Sizes and Colours of Feathers

Feed the Birds: Birds need to prepare for migration by eating food.

Bird Song Sound Bingo

  1. Print out a picture card with the pictures of migratory birds: Cuckoo, Dove, Goose, Flamingo, Heron, Hummingbird, Starling.

  2. Play the sound effect of the birdsong/call

  3. Can the student identify the bird that makes that sound?

  4. The students may not know all of the sounds, so this is a good exercise in listening to new sounds. You can repeat the activity later in the day (week) and see if the student(s) remember any new sounds they have learnt.

Simplify the Activity

Although not all of these birds are not migratory, this activity will teach sound discrimination.


May 9th

Europe Day

A day to mark peace and unity throughout Europe.

Make a sensory flag of Europe

You will need

  • Rectangular shaped card

  • Blue Paint

  • Scissors

  • Sticky Gold Stars

  • Torch

Method

  1. Paint the card using blue paint and brushes/fingers/rollers/sponges. Leave to dry.

  2. Stick the gold stars in a circle.

  3. Dim the lights.

  4. Shine the torch on the stars to see them reflect in the light.


Alternative Activity

You will need

  • Blue Material

  • Scissors

  • Torch

  1. Cut 12 stars out from the material

  2. Dim the lights

  3. Shine the torch through the back of the flag to illuminate the stars.


May 12th

Florence Nightingale's Birthday

Explore the contents of a first aid bag/box

This activity will raise awareness of the contents of a first aid box* and reduce the anxiety some student's may have around first aid.

*I have included extra items that may not be in your box

  • Sterile plasters of assorted sizes

  • Large and medium-sized sterile, individually wrapped, unmedicated wound dressings

  • Sterile eye pads

  • Triangular bandage

  • Disposable gloves

  • Foil Blanket

  • Sterile wound wipes

  • Finger dressing

  • Burns gel dressings

  • Adhesive tape to secure dressings

  • An updated first aid guidance leaflet.

Practice simple first aid.

Discuss how to raise the alarm in an emergency.



May 16th

Vesak Day/Buddha Day

Vesak is the celebration of the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Mark the Day the Sensory Way

Meditate: Dim the lights in the room and close the blinds, switch on an LED candle or play footage of a candle burning on your interactive whiteboard.

People traditionally wear white clothes.

Explore white clothes or white fabrics

Provide a selection of white fabrics of different textures for the student to explore their likes, dislikes and sensory preferences: Acrylic, Aertex, Chenille, Corduroy, Cotton, Crepe, Crinoline, Fake Fur, Felt, Flannel, Fleece, Hessian, Jersey, Lace, Linen, Mesh, Net, Percale, Polyester, Polycotton, Satin, Silk, Terry, Velour, Velvet, Viscose, Wool.

Family & Friends decorate temples with flowers and exchange cards.


Make a Vesaak Day Flower Card

You will need

  • A piece of card

  • Double sided tape

  • Flowers/Herbs/Leaves/Grass

Method

  1. Cover one side of the card with double-sided sticky tape or a layer of PVA glue (if using PVA, leave until it is almost dry but tacky enough to stick flora and fauna on to)

  2. Take the learning outdoors

  3. Show the students the flowers and grasses that are safe to pick (dandelions and daisies)

  4. If you have a herb garden in your school/setting pick foliage: lemon balm, mint, rosemary, thyme. (If you do not have access to herbs then pick grass and leaves)

  5. Students pick the flowers/herbs/grasses then stick them onto their card as they find them

Hands Free Alternative

  1. Cut a wide band of card and secure into a bracelet

  2. Apply a thin layer of PVA glue or cover one side of the card with double-sided sticky tape

  3. Place the band on the student's wrist.

The student will have both hands free to explore, pick and place their items onto their band.


May 17th - June 17th 2022

National Smile Month

The aim is to make someone smile. This could be through a compliment, telling a joke or an act of kindness.

  • Explore Mirrors Exploring mirrors teaching an awareness of your own reflection and how we convey emotion. (Point out safety when using mirrors) Explore a range of different shaped, sized and colours of mirrors.

  • Pull funny faces

  • Model wearing hats, wigs, glasses and clothes so the student can change their look. Encourage the student to observe how their mouth changes shape as they talk.

  • Draw funny faces on balloons.

  • Smile:)

May 20th

National Bee Day

Make Your Own Bee Seed Pellets

I've received a lot of queries asking for the recipe so have included this again:)

There is still plenty of time to make your bee seed pellets and the boxes of mixed flower seeds are now available in the shops!

This is a lovely sensory activity that will reap rewards next year and help our much loved bees and insects:)

You will need

  • Meadow Flower Seeds

  • Compost

  • Water

  • Powdered Clay

  • Mixing Bowl

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix together 1 cup of seeds with 5 cups of compost and 2-3 cups of clay powder

  2. Slowly add the water with your hands to create a paste.

  3. Roll the mixture into balls.

  4. Leave the balls to dry on a sunny windowsill.

  5. If selling, package in little paper bags (students could decorate these bags)

  6. To plant the seed bombs simply throw into the garden or hedgerow.

Alternative Method

  • Cut or tear tissue paper into little pieces.

  • Add the seed mix

  • Add water

  • Mould into balls

  • Leave to dry

  • Scatter


May 24th 1844

On this Day the First Morse Code Message was Sent

Dots and Dashes Artwork

Create artwork using different tools and materials to make dots and dashes

Dots: Bingo dabbers, cotton wool bud, fingerprints, paint brushes, pipettes, pom poms, sponges, stickers, vegetable printing, paint bubble wrap

Dashes: Chopsticks, cinammon sticks, dried spaghetti, feather quill, pipe cleaners, rollers, roll balls/toy cars through paint, ribbon, rubber bands, straws, string

Other ideas:

  • Spray paint through card templates/stencils

  • Colour through the hole in an old cd

  • Play dot-to-dot

Competition Time!

DESIGN A COVER FOR MY NEW RELEASE

'Summer - A Multisensory Exploration!


Win a live multisensory story session (delivered via Zoom/Teams to your home/classroom/setting) plus a set of FIVE multisensory stories to share throughout your school/setting (if the winner is home-schooled they will receive the stories) and have your artwork feature on the cover of my new release

'Summer - A Multisensory Exploration'

How to Enter:

  • Using any medium, produce a piece of jubilee themed artwork.

  • A4 Portrait only please.

  • (You do not need to write the title on the artwork, please do not write any names of the students on the artwork.)

  • email your artwork to rhymingmultisensorystories@outlook.com

  • Please include in your email the first name of the artist, the name of the school and a contact name.

Competition Rules:

1. There is no age limit.

2. You may submit as many entries as you like.

3. The closing date is midnight 15.05.22 4. Your data will be protected according to law and will not be shared with any other parties. All emails and their contents (including the artwork) will be deleted after the winner is drawn on 16.05.22 (for more information on Privacy Policy visit the website or get in touch.)

5. The winner will choose 5 stories* from the latest multisensory story catalogue to share throughout their setting, a live 45 minute storytelling session of 'Summer - A Multisensory Exploration' (via Zoom/Teams) plus have their artwork featured on the cover of 'Summer - A Multisensory Exploration'

*The stories are in the format of a digital download and can be printed out, used and shared throughout the school/setting in multiple classrooms.


May Dates At A Glance

May 1st - May 31st

National Walking Month - Go on a listening walk

May 2nd - May 3rd

Eid

May 2nd - May 8th

Deaf Awareness Week

May 3rd - May 9th

Children's Book Week

May 5th

African World Heritage Day

May 6th

Anniversary of Opening of Eifel Tower

May 8th

VE Day

May 8th

World Migratory Bird Day

May 9th

Europe Day

May 12th

Florence Nightingale's Birthday

May 16th

Vesak Day

May 17th - June 17th 2022

National Smile Month

May 18th

International Museum Day

May 20th

World Bee Day

May 23rd

World Turtle Day

May 24th 1844

First Morse Code Message was Sent


Live Multisensory Story Sessions Direct to your Home/Classroom/Setting

Who is the Session Aimed At?

This is a live storytelling session aimed at Teachers (Early Years and SEN), Parents, Guardians, Childminders, Carers, Early Years Educators, HLTA’s, TA's, Speech Therapists, Play Therapists, Support Workers, Activity Coordinators, Librarians and anyone with an interest in exploring storytelling through the senses.


How does it work?

1. Choose your story from the latest multisensory story catalogue

2. Receive your fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory resource with sensory, themed extension activities.

3. We will synch our story props.

4. Choose the date and time for your session.

5. Your interactive story session will be delivered live (via Teams or Zoom) to your student/child/class.


Story Session Structure

Introductions.

Story props checklist.

We will then explore the story, synching our props.

The session will draw to a close with the celebration the story explorer's contribution.


Delivery

The course is delivered as a friendly and informal 1-1 session via Teams or Zoom.

Any information you may wish to share regarding the needs of your child/student will be treated in strictest confidence.


Price

£35 for a 45 min session plus 15 mins Q&A after the session