Encouraging Mark-Making: a parents guide…

Writing and drawing is an area where children are often put under a lot of pressure. They have to hold a pen a certain way, write in a certain formation, remember finger spaces, grammar, spelling. Everything has to have a meaning. Even in the English Early Years framework there is a large emphasis on writing…

Phonics: a guide for preschool parents…

Phonics is something that often splits opinions. Some love it, some hate it. Some believe phonics has no place in early years, whereas others believe it is essential for pre-reading skills. For many, phonics is simply a word used by their child’s provider but parents don’t always understand what it means. Basically put, phonics is…

It’s Easy Being Green…

The world is changing. Both materially and ecologically. There’s so much more packaging, cars, use of gas and electric and all the other nasties which can affect our planet. I am by no means on eco-warrior. However I do try and make changes where I can. We already buy fruit loose rather than use bags….

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…