The Weather – A Fully Resourced, Step by Step Multisensory Story plus Extension Activities

Some young children and individuals with special educational needs and disabilities dislike or even have a fear of certain types of weather e.g. Thunder and lightning or very windy weather.  

The weather is a constant presence in our lives and is always changing its form, therefore it is important to help individuals build a tolerance and understanding of  the different weather conditions and how they affect us.

Many of the clothes and items used for taking precautions in different weathers often have textures and smells that may be overwhelming for an individual with sensory processing challenges e.g. wearing hats, and sunglasses and tolerating wearing sunscreen in hot weather or wearing or a waterproof jacket and wellingtons in the rain or a scarf and gloves in the winter.

This resource aims to address these sensory challenges though a fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory story. Repeated exposure to sensory stimuli can help to desensitise and normalise the sensory experiences for our individuals.

The combination of the sensory stimuli, rhyme and the repetitive structure of the stories forms an excellent base on which to scaffold learning.

This resource included themed, sensory extension activities that link to areas of the curriculum making it suitable for Early Years, Primary, EAL and Speech and Language students.

The story is told in the first person experiencing the different types of weather, the snow, sun, rain, wind, thunder, fog and a rainbow. 

Table of Contents
Story Props 
The Weather – Full Poem 
How To Tell a Multisensory Story 
The Weather Step-by-Step Multisensory Poem 
Weather Themed Listening Game 
Weather Themed Sensory Bag 
Weather Themed Sensory Bin 
Seasonal Weather Boxes 
Weather Themed Art & Craft 
Record the Weather 
The Weather Forecast 
Weather Observation & Scientific Investigation 
Make a Rainbow 
Rainbow’s End Treasure Hunt 
Weather Activity Ideas & Inspiration 
Get in Touch 
Other Titles in This Series

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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 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!

Twitter: @RhymingStories

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