Sunday, 24 February 2013

Exploring Capacity with Coloured Water

Exploring Capacity with Coloured Water

Loving this from the Imagination Tree.  Fantastic site full of fabulous ideas!

Talkingpoint


Speech and language in children

Communication is a vital skill that all children need to learn. Without it they will not reach their full potential. Here at Talking Point we give parents and carers the information they need to help their children develop these skills. If you son or daughter has difficulty with speaking, they may need help, or they may struggle in nursery or school. With the right help with talking and listening, they can develop he skills they need. If your child has difficulties with speech, language and communication, you'll find we've got lots of help and advice and free resources for parents.

This is a brilliant website for both parents and professionals alike!

Pop over and take a look.  Brilliant information and resources to felp children's language development.

Sarah x

Black and White BabyShapes for babies - Social Baby


Why babies like Black and White - Social Baby


The social baby


FaceBook

Today I thought I would share my Facebook page links with you.  If you like my blog, I hope you like my face book pages too! 

The first is linked directly to my Early Language Skills and Play blog.  The second is linked to my creations page - Sarah's Creations.  It is a dream of mine to one day have a small business making and selling educational toys for children.  For now though between the day job which I love and looking after my two older boys who keep me on my toes I keep it as a hobby.

I hope you like what you see and please feel free to share and leave comments as I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah x



Early Language Skills and Play

Early language skills through play.

Sarah's Creations

Sarah's Creations


Saturday, 23 February 2013

Words for Life - Playing with your baby

Words for Life - Playing with your baby

Great tips for playing with your baby.  Because as we know we are their first teacher right from birth. A great play friend too!

National Literacy Trust

Sarah x

Words for Life - Milestones - By three years

Words for Life - Milestones - By three years

Milestones by three years

National Literacy Trust

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Words for Life - Milestones - By two years

Words for Life - Milestones - By two years

Milestones by two tears - National Literacy Trust

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Words for Life - Milestones - By eighteen months

Words for Life - Milestones - By eighteen months

Milestones by 18 months - National Literacy Trust

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Words for Life - Milestones - By one year

Words for Life - Milestones - By one year

Milestones and development by one year from the National Literacy Trust.

Sarah x

Words for Life - Milestones - By six months

Words for Life - Milestones - By six months

Interesting information from the National Literacy Trust on babies and milestones by six months.

Sarah x

Words for Life - Milestones - By three months

Words for Life - Milestones - By three months

Babies and language development.  Interesting facts from the National Literacy Trust.

Sarah x

Words for Life - Reading is down to dads too!

Words for Life - Reading is down to dads too!

An interesting article from the National Literacy Trust about the importance of reading being down to Dad's too!

Sarah x

Words for Life - Dress up for World Book Day

Words for Life - Dress up for World Book Day

Dont forget World Book Day on the 7th of March!  Who are you going to dress up as?

Sarah x

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Post Pals

Post Pals is an amazing charity that puts smiles on very sick childrens faces.  This is a charity with a difference....

They ask people to become involved and volunteer to write to sick children all over the UK!

It takes 5 minutes!!!!  You can send a letter, a card a postcard and some cheery lines (but if your not sure what to put you will find a great list on their site - a guide to writing post, as these children are very ill and need cheery post)....buy a stamp, pop in the post box and hey presto...you know what????  You have just put a smile on a sick child's face. 

Did it cost you much?   - NO
Did it take much of your time up? - NO
BUT!!!! - It did make a sick child smile and you know what????  Even mastercard couldnt achieve that but you did!!!!

Please take a look.  You can do it as little or as often as you like.  NO COMMITMENT WHATSOEVER!!!

I have been doing this a while now and have moved onto sending monthly projects, but you can do what you want to do.

Please take a look and see if you could take five minutes of your time to make a sick child smile - also please share.

5 minutes makes all the difference to these children who go through so much pain, there families go through so much too, knowing someone else out there cares too makes all the diifference.

So please, instead of buying that extra chocolate bar or coffe or whatever treat it may be this week how about buying a stamp instead?

And their smile will make you smile too.

Thank you for reading.

Sarah x x

You can also find their button on my blog page for whenever your ready to visit.

www.postpals.com

Song box....

 
 
Song box...
 
Home made song boxes are the best.  A selection of home made props mixed with a few items from around the home that represent various rhymes, add a shoe box and some music paper to cover it and hey presto you have your song box. 
 
You can also add musical instruments too.  There are no limits to what you can add to enjoy a magical song time together.
 
Can you guess the rhymes from one of mine??????
 
A simple yet effective resource that develops language skills through songs and rhymes.
 
 
Have fun making yours!
 
Sarah x
 
 


Stacking boxes.....


Stacking boxes...
 
Stacking boxes, such a simple and effective resource that children just love.  There are many great stacking resources on the market today for children, however as mentioned previously about the philosophy regarding my work, I always look out for alternative ideas to use with the parents.
 
This fabulous selection of boxes can help childrens development in a variety of ways and were brought in a card shop - Simple gift boxes.  They are sturdy and hardwearing which is great for kids.
 
They build, find the correct corresponding lids, stack them inside each other....
 
If you set them out like this for the children to explore you can also add items inside each box for them to discover as they explore.......natural, noisy, hard, soft, rough, smooth...the list goes on.
 
Aims:
 
Helps to develop sequencing skills
Language development
Helps to develop size recognition
 
 
Have fun!
 
Sarah x

Eye spy bottle.....

 
Eye Spy Bottle.....
 
 
Part of my work is to develop early number skills through play too.  This simple resource is one I made to help develop just that.  There are many really great resources on the market that can be brought, however the philosophy regarding my role is to use items from around the home or that are easy to make so they are all easily accessible to the parents to make the resources with their children.
 
The aim of this resource is to find various items within the bottle - hence it's name the eye spy bottle.
 
You can stick to a theme or mix it up a little.  This one houses some coloured teddies, plastic tadpoles and pom poms to develop counting skills, colour recognition and language skills.
 
This one was filled with a combination of rice, sand and sequin stars to make it more interesting for the children to swish around and find the items.  For older children you can add a laminated list to the bottle.  They can cross off items with a white board marker pen as they find them. 
 
 
These bottles are also brilliant for long trips to help keep boredom at bay.
 
Have fun!
 
Sarah x

Box of boxes......


Box of boxes:

We all know how much children love boxes.  A great simple resource for children to explore.  As you can see from the picture, this resource comprises of one large box, housing a number of small boxes.  The main box can be any shape as can the smaller boxes.  The children spend ages exploring and trying to find the correct lid for the corresponding box.

Aims:
  • To develop shape recognition
  • To develop early language skills (shape, size, open ended questions....)
  • To develop counting skills
You can add coloured boxes to develop colour recognition skills too.

Have fun!

Sarah x

Simple colour match game ......



A simple game to develop early colour matching skills.  All you need are some plain coloured plates and some fruit and vegetables.  Real fruit and vegetables are much better than plastic ones as they add a sensory experience to the game.  However for the object of the game, plastic ones are fine. 

Aims:

To develop colour recognition skills
To develop language skills (developing vocabulary, asking simple open ended questions)
To develop counting skills
To explore textures if using real fruit
Go one further and follow on with a tasting game, or you could make a fruit salad.

Have fun!

Sarah x

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Chocolate Play

 
Image from:
http://sweetlyscrappedart.blogspot.co.uk/p/vintage-valentines.html

Valentine's day is fast approaching.  If you want to try something different with your little ones, how about chocolate cards?

Mix powdered drinking chocolate with water to a smooth consistency and use to paint hearts onto valentines cards or just let them get stuck in and use their hands for prints.

The smell is divine and seriously stimulates the senses.

This can be done at any time not just for valentines. Add resources that children can use to print with or add cars and make the chocolate a little thicker for sensory mud!

Its brilliant, fun, cleans up easily and encourages great language skills as well as an opportunity for great sensory play for all ages.

Even the adults will find it hard not to lick their fingers!

Have fun and have a great Valentine's day.

Sarah x x

Afasic Cymru ...

 

Afasic CymruAbout Afasic Cymru



Afasic Cymru supporting parents

Afasic is the UK charity established in 1968 as a parent led organisation representing children and young people with specific language impairment (SLI) and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) by raising awareness of this often hidden disability thus working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.
Afasic Cymru is not a service provider; therefore we can offer balanced impartial information. We provide information and training for parents – and professionals – and produce a range of publications. It works in partnership with local and national government, professional and statutory bodies and other voluntary organisations Members meet in local groups in both North and South Wales.
Afasic Cymru was established in Wales in 2002, in response to devolution and thanks to some funding from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG); the Waterloo Foundation and more recently The Big Lottery Fund. We are working from two regions - Jeannette Carr, Director along with Zein Pereira, Policy Officer are based in Cardiff and Yvonne Brookes the Development Officer who is based in North Wales.
In the current economic climate we are constantly seeking funding sources for us to continue our work in Wales, we would therefore be grateful if you could contact us if you know of any such opportunities or if your employer is looking to sponsor a charity of the month or year. All donations are gratefully received and used in Wales.

 www.afasiccymru.org.uk/index.htm