Living Arrows 18/53: Fun at the Fair…

This week the fun fair has been in town. I have gone every year since I lived here and my experience has gone through many phases. It started as a child exploring the rides and running around with friends, then a teenager where it was having boys dare each other to go on the scary…

Spring Has Sprung…fun home learning activities for preschoolers.

Despite the rain we have had all the signs that Spring is here. The buds are popping up, birds are chirping, lambs race around the fields. Now it’s time for us to get outside and explore a different aspect of nature. There are so many experiences for new language, life cycles to explore and ways…

Moving On…saying goodbye.

Today is a rather bittersweet day. It’s exciting in that it shows how far J has come in a relatively short period of time but it’s sad to say goodbye to someone who has been such a big part of our lives for a lot of J’s life! This morning I went to J’s speech…

A Morning in the Life of Autism…

It’s 6.30am and I’ve woken up. I look at my gro-clock and can see it’s still blue. This means I can’t get up yet. I shout to tell Mummy I’m awake and need a wee. She tells me to go to the toilet. That makes sense so off I go. I do this by myself….

Living Arrows 15/53: The Benefits of Trampolining…

Hi all, I can’t believe it’s the 15th Monday of 2018 already. Where has the time gone?! Well this week Daddy has been off work. We planned to go on lots of adventures but the weather was not on our side. Instead we had a movie day (watched the new Star Wars), visited soft play…

Better Bedtimes: our sleep friendly kids bedroom.

J and sleep are not two words that have ever gone well together. As a baby he never slept through, in fact he rarely slept more than a few hours at a time. When he was nine months old the health visitor recommended putting him in his own bedroom as we could be disturbing each…

Living Arrows Week 14/53: Easter Baking and an Epiphany.

It’s been a really busy week  this week. We had Grandmas funeral on Tuesday and been seeing family this week. Then of course we had Easter and was exploring J’s sensory box. Those of you who read my ‘J’s journey update‘ post the other day will know that we’ve put in an application for our…

5 Fun Sensory and Play Skills Building Easter Activities…

Pre-motherhood, Easter was a more religious part of my year. It revolved around Lent and church. I of course got an Easter egg but it was not really a big thing. Since having J Easter has become more. I still love the religious aspect but I have shifted to a fun and play based version…

J’s Journey: a quick update.

It’s felt a while since I did an update so thought I’d let you all know what’s been going on with J lately. So, J was diagnosed with Autism in October. That feels a life time ago now but really we’re still at the beginning of the journey. Speech therapy J is still being seen…

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…

Living Arrows: 12/53-The Big Boy Bike.

Firstly, I want to apologise for my absence the last couple of weeks. My grandma passed away very suddenly, and very unexpectedly. It shook my world. How can someone be fine, then be gone? It just hurts my head to think about it. It was hard to sit downstairs, hearing the paramedics trying so hard…

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…