6 Exciting Number Games: A Parents Guide to Early Number Play.

Maths was my least favourite topic in school. I’m pretty sure my GCSE maths teacher had to sell a kidney to bribe the exam board into passing me (hopefully I’m just joking). However, J seems to be the opposite. He has a growing fascination with numbers and a natural ability to learn the concepts of…

J’s Journey Update: autism and beyond…

It’s a beautiful sunny day. Daddy and J are busy playing Star Wars on the climbing frame so I have a rare moment of peace (except for the sounds of explosions behind me). I thought now would be a good time to reflect on everything that’s gone on lately, and changes that are happening. Speech…

Ways to Use Visual Communication with Children…

Visual communication is a great way to engage children who have difficulty with a range of scenarios. This may be listening skills, understanding, regulating emotions/behaviour and those who have not yet learnt to/are not able to read. In our family having visual communications has been a huge support with the issues caused by J’s diagnosis…

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…

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…

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….