January 2024 Teachers Almanac A Comprehensive Guide to January Through the Senses

‘January 2024 Teacher’s Almanac – a Comprehensive Guide to January Through the Senses’
This comprehensive teaching pack is aimed at providing opportunities for learners to explore the month of January 2024 through the senses.
It includes a fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory story, mini sensory stories, and sensory activity ideas to celebrate the month’s festivals and celebrations, awareness days, this day in history, January Facts, and more!
The perfect resource for SEN & Mainstream Teachers, Early Years Practitioners, HLTA’s, TA’s, SLA’s, Speech Therapists, Play Therapists, Support Workers, Activity Coordinators, Parents, Guardians, Childminders, Carers, Librarians and anyone with an interest in exploring storytelling through the senses.
Table of Contents
How to tell a Multisensory Story
Using Sound Effects in a Multisensory Story
‘January’ – A Fully Resourced, Step-by-Step, Multisensory Story
January Facts – Janus Art Activity
Quote of the Month
January Birthstone
January Nature
January on the Farm
The Sensory Garden
January Star Signs
‘Capricorn the Goat’ Multisensory Story
Aquarius The Water Bearer Activity
Scents of the Month
Tastes of the Month
New Year Lucky Foods
National Whipped Cream Month
National Bean Month
National Milk Day
Brew Monday
National Popcorn Day
National Cheese Lovers Day
National Chocolate Cake Day
National Croissant Day
National Hot Chocolate Day
The New Moon
Festivals and Celebrations
Orthodox Christmas Day
Distaff Day
The Straw Bear Festival
Wassailing Day Multisensory Story
St Agnes Eve Multisensory Story
Burns Night
Tu BiShvat
St Dwynwen’s Day
Awareness Days
World Self-care Day
World Introvert Day
World Braille Day
Big Schools Birdwatch
Thesaurus Day
World Snow Day
National Handwriting Day
Australia Day
International Holocaust Memorial Day
National Lego Day
Jan National Puzzle Day
This Day in History
The launch of rocket Luna
Birthdate of Sir Isaac Newton.
Birthdate of Welsh painter Augustus John.
German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen demonstrated his invention the x-ray.
The opening of a transatlantic telephone line between London and New York.
Galileo Galilei announces his discovery of four moons circling Jupiter.
The Introduction of the Penny Post.
Opening of the London Underground.
Birthdate of Charles Perrault author of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’
The London Co-operative society opens Britain’s first self-service supermarket in London.
Birthdate of Michael Bond creator of Paddington Bear.
Disney’s first full-length colour cartoon ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ is released.
The Crowning of Queen Elizabeth I.
The Introduction of Decimal Currency in the UK.
Martin Luther King Day.
Birthdate of Benjamin Franklin.
Birthdate of AA Milne.
Birthdate of American astronaut and second man on the moon Edwin Buzz Aldrin.
Scientists discover the fossil of the oldest known land creature.
Birthdate of Lewis Carroll.
Dr Livingstone is found in Africa by Sir Henry Morton Stanley.
Birthdate of Jackson Pollock.
Recycling Christmas Cards – Promoting Literacy Skills


I live in the UK and have 20 years’ experience working in education, including teaching literacy skills to the travelling community and EFL to Spanish and Moroccan communities.

The last 13 years I have taught literacy, numeracy and speech and language interventions in special education to pupils age 3-19 with a range of learning needs including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Complex Needs, Behaviour support, Downs Syndrome and Global Delay.

Multisensory stories are aimed at connecting individuals with SEND to literature, culture and topic in a way that is meaningful to the lives.

Multisensory stories tell a story using words and sensory stimuli (story props). The props are all low budget items found around the home and classroom.
Exposure to sensory stimuli, (story props), engages the story explorer with new experiences to calm and alert their sensory system in a safe, therapeutic and fun environment helping them to understand the world around them.

The stories are fully resourced and written in an easy to follow, step by step format making them accessible for Parents, Guardians, Childminders, Early Years Educators, Teachers, HLTA’s, TA's, Speech Therapists, Play Therapists, Support Workers, Activity Coordinators, Storytellers, Librarians and anyone with an interest in exploring storytelling through the senses in a fun and engaging way!

Listening to rhyme and rhythm supports memory and aids learning playing a crucial role in language development, the learning of concepts, communication and early literacy skills such as listening and attention skills, anticipation, turn-taking and making choices.

The stories are adapted to meet a range of abilities and needs from curious preschoolers to teenagers with complex needs.
Each story includes themed, sensory extension activities linking to areas of the curriculum making them suitable for use in mainstream schools with Early Years, Reception, Primary, EAL and Speech and Language students.

My website www.rhymingmultisensorystories.com is a free resource full of ideas and sensory inspiration and includes a Story Library of FREE multisensory stories and poems to download and enjoy.

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

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