Review- the black book of colours

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I received this lovely book for my birthday last month. It’s a nicely sized book which explores colours from the perspective of a child who is visually impaired.

The simple text describes the taste, feel and smells associated with the colour with braille text running above. On the opposite page are raised illustrations of the various sensory experiences described. The book has no colour at all apart from the black background and white text.

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I would highly recommend this book both for students who are visually impaired and are able to access braille or spoken text and for staff and non-visually impaired young people. It would be a great addition to any school library to help raise awareness of the experiences of colour from a different perspective.

I’m unlikely to use this book with my own class as they are unable to access such complex text and ideas but it has already proved popular with staff and we plan to buy a copy to use in training.

My favourite wooden sensory toys

I love wooden toys, easy to clean, beautifully made and offering a completely new textural experience for children who may spend much of their time surrounded by plastic.

Of course there are safety considerations when choosing wooden sensory toys, I tend to look for toys that are designed for very small children and are therefore designed to be chewed and mouthed and are painted with non-toxic paints and varnishes. Toys should be checked after every session for chips, sharp corners and damage.

Here are a few of my favourite wooden toys!

 

This is a lovely musical toy. Easy to hold and the bells and ribbons offer lots of auditory and visual feedback. There is a bell on the top so keep and eye on children who might chew or mouth this.
This is a lovely musical toy. Easy to hold and the bells and ribbons offer lots of auditory and visual feedback. There is a bell on the top so keep and eye on children who might chew or mouth this.

 

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Haba wooden musical egg. These are available in a range of bright colors. They are lovely and smooth and fit nicely into the palm of your hand. Shake them and they make a very soft, relaxing noise which children enjoy.
These beautiful little wooden season dolls are made by pocket treasures. They are not suitable for children who like to chew as they have small parts but they fit beautifully into a hand are elicit lots of intrest in our classroom!
These beautiful little wooden season dolls are made by pocket treasures. They are not suitable for children who like to chew as they have small parts but they fit beautifully into a hand are draw lots of interest in our classroom!
This Haba clutching toy consists of 8 colourful wooden balls connected by thick elastic. It makes a great twiddle toy or just a fun and involving item for your sensory toy box
This Haba clutching toy consists of 8 colourful wooden balls connected by thick elastic. It makes a great twiddle toy or just a fun and involving item for your sensory toy box
These blocks are filled with coloured liquid that moves slowly around the block. Coupled with a light box or jsut stacked on a window they're a beautiful and engaging toy.  I have a few sets of these mized in with other building blocks and a third in our colour treasure basket. Like any great sensory toy they seem to magnetically attract little hands!
These blocks are filled with coloured liquid that moves slowly around the block. Coupled with a light box or just stacked on a window they’re a beautiful and engaging toy. I have a few sets of these mixed in with other building blocks and a third in our colour treasure basket. Like any great sensory toy they seem to magnetically attract little hands!
This one needs a lot more motor skill to use but if you have children who might enjoy hammering it offer geat feedback as the balls roll noisly down the tower!
This one needs a lot more motor skill to use but if you have children who might enjoy hammering it offer great feedback as the balls roll noisly down the tower!

Building a teachers book case

Here area  few of my favourite books- the ones I reach for again and again when I need ideas, support or just a bit of encouragement!

Ros Bayleys books are great there are lovely ones for helping children to talk, outdoors, dacing, writing and loads more. I love this book in particular though as it's full of really exciting ideas to get children wanting to write.
Ros Bayleys books are great there are lovely ones for helping children to talk, outdoors, dancing, writing and loads more. I love this book in particular though as it’s full of really exciting ideas to get children wanting to write.
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A practical book about setting up a nurture group- forms, policy templates, planning formats as well as practical, useful advice.
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The classic book about nurture groups written by Marjorie Boxall who set the first group up, developed the Boxall profile and is general inspiration. A must for teachers interested in social development and emotional wellbeing.
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Easy to read book about the links between attachments and learning and behaviour the classroom.
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There are loads of these little books covering every part of the classroom from role play to maths to science through art. All full of great, practical, hands on activities.
    Fantastic book if you're working with children who would benefit from a sensory based curriculum. Quite heavy going in some places and more of an academic book that a 'how to' but lots of inspiration and back up for aruging why you might want to take this course.
Fantastic book if you’re working with children who would benefit from a sensory based curriculum. Quite heavy going in some places and more of an academic book that a ‘how to’ but lots of inspiration and back up for arguing why you might want to take this course.
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Book full of practical ideas for teaching mathematics with a bit of theory thrown in . There’s also a great foundations of literacy book too.
lovely little book full of geat ideas of games to play with children with ASD. Mose require very little in the way of resources and there are games to play with children functioning at a whole range of levels.
Lovely little book full of great ideas of games to play with children with ASD. Most require very little in the way of resources and there are games to play with children functioning at a whole range of levels.

Books for spring

Spring is on its way. The winter books are packed safely away and it’s time to get out the Spring books!

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Gerda Mullers wordless picture books are lovely, sturdy and great for inspiring talk in the classroom.
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I love the gentle, evocative illustrations in this book. When Daisys Mums egg doesn’t hatch with the others she decides to sit on it herself.
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Part of a set of four all about Little nutbrown hare and big nutbrown hare. Lots of lovely illustrations to look at although th text isn’t the best out there.

 

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A short little rhyming book all about the things you see in Spring. Although this is an American book it’s fairly country neutral.
BunnyWhoFoundEaster
A lovely little book about a bunny who hops through the season looking for Easter after a wise old owl tells him “There are always lots of bunnies at Easter”
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A simple retelling of the Easter story.