Living Arrows: 7/52 Mummy’s broken heart…

This past week was a rather emotional one for me as a Mum. It’s probably the first negative autism related situation we’ve had (I’d love to think it’s the last but something tells me I may have to prepare for more battles over J’s life time). Now I’m going to be careful not to mention…

Our top 5 Valentines Day Twinkl activities for pre-schoolers…

This Valentines Day I will be spending the day by myself enjoying peace and quiet (whilst doing the usual housework and eating cake). So we are celebrating this weekend whilst J and Daddy are both home with me. I’m generally a busy parent (I rarely sit my backside down for long, and evenings I’m far…

The next step on J’s Journey: Starting Nursery…

Being a parent is so emotional…sometimes good emotions, sometimes ones that leave you drained. Today I had every emotion in one. J started Nursery all by himself.  When J was 2 he started at preschool. It was MY preschool. It was the family business which I run with my Mum. I was the Early Years…

‘Mister Tumblllllllle…’: Why it really is Something Special.

We were watching Cbeebies the other day when Something Special came on the Tv. Lots of TV shows have come and gone as J’s favourites over the last 3 years (ish-he hasn’t been watching Tv since birth obviously). Paw Patrol has now died down, PJ Masks don’t bother him anymore and Thomas the Tank Engine…

Our Halloween Sensory Tub Ideas…

Woohoo, Halloween is not far away now and I am excited to explore it with J. This year J is not far from his 3rd birthday so he’s been getting a bit more into the Halloween spirit when seeing things in the shops, TV shows with Halloween theme etc. I don’t think he quite ‘gets…

Blogtober 2017: Goals – J’s gymnastics.

Today’s Blogtober prompt is ‘goals’ so I thought I’d talk about J’s gymnastic sessions. I started J at a gymnastics toddler group as soon as he was stable on his feet. The goal is simple…develop his gross motor skills (so all the big movements and muscles in his body). J has always been a ‘clumsy’…

Understanding the World…learning about the natural world. 

Children with speech and language issues, and those with sensory issues can often struggle with understanding about the world around them. In the Early Years Foundstion Stage, which is the educational framework followed from 0-5 year olds, learning about the environment around them is a specific area of learning. It might not seem important to…

Good Friday: exploring Easter

Whether you are religious or not, you can’t escape Easter. Like most holidays it’s been blown up into commercialism. For some it still holds religious significance, for others it’s more about the chocolate and celebration of Spring….but mostly the chocolate. I used to get annoyed by the hypocracy of non-Christians celebrating Easter but now I…

More sensory play…water beads.

J has been making progress with texture play. It’s still not his favourite thing to do but he’s more willing to stick a finger in. Today we explored ‘water beads’. They start really small and then you place in water to make them grow. J helped to add them into the water the day before….

Dear Zoo…how to donate your child to the monkey enclosure!

Ok the title is a bit of false advertising, but J has hit the terrible 2’s with full force and gave me only 2hrs sleep last night so my energy reserve for ‘tantrum outbursts’ is running low today. Today we used the new PECS cards to explore Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We love this…