Monday 31 October 2011

Lid snake, Lid baby toy - Tuesday Treasure

Lid threading - Lid snake, Lid baby toy
Last year I attended Preschool with my son and learnt a lot.
This is the best thing (as in 'gets played with daily') that Dylan has made at preschool that his wee sister also loves, so lets make her one.
I have also seen an older boy playing with his Lidsnake in the garden so know that it is a firm favorite with other children.
I like the recycle & reuse element to this and its a threading skill also good for strengthening their little hands. You can also use pictures, numbers or letters in the threading.
Save lids off milk bottles, spice tubs, Vegemite, peanut butter, juice plastic and colourful. cotton reels are great too, you can even have chunks of wood chopped and drilled etc.
You also need a boot lace. & Drill. laminated pics/numbers/letters any size that suits we used @ 7cm x 5cm. & hole punch.
The boot laces with the hard long ends are great for kids to grasp and thread.
Drill holes in lids, Dylan loves using the drill.
Punch holes in laminated pictures
give resources to child to thread

Thursday 27 October 2011

friday finds

Today I'm sharing a link noni found for her bub, its printouts for infants to stimulate vision. Apparently babies prefer to look at high contrast black and white images. I am thinking i might print some for eli to scribble on as he may respond better to that than the more complex colouring in images that his brother likes. I think putting some of these around a change table is a great idea as we all know babies hate nappy changes and any distraction is a good thing. Another idea would be to place some on the ceiling of bubs room as its important that babies turn there heads when they are in the cot, its also great for babies eyes to have to focus on things at different distances. Ok im off to the pool with the kids i hope you have a good Friday.

Link today is baby zorger and print out there baby vision stimuli

thinking cap thursday

 Family Memory Game
print photos of your family, 2 exact copies of each
cut them out, glue on to some cardboard, write out names,
cut out your cards, and there you have it your personalised version of the momory card game.
This can then be a platform for learning family relationship words like mother, coisin, brother.
It helps introduce or remind little people of the family members that live far away too.
It improves concentration and memory and my bigger boy loves this game!

Linked on sunday showcase at mom to 2 posh lil divas 
& weekend bloggy reading at serenity now

Wednesday 26 October 2011

I heart Black and White photography - only human on humpday

Take time out to be you!
Hey photography was the thing I wanted to major in at art school when I went. I ended up taking a different path when I got into my course, but I still love photography. Yesterday I took some time for me, I went around my backyard and fooled around with my digital camera on the manual settings changing iso and so froth, working in the monochrome setting, to see if i still had an eye for it. I think my photography eye is a little rusty but I really really enjoyed thinking about what was around me that would be good for a black and white shot. Taking photos is something that I do all the time, I think I'm going to shoot more in manual and less in auto from now on, providing I'm not too mummy brain fried.
I welcome critique on these x  sassy

Monday 24 October 2011

black mail - tuesday treasure

Flynn and Eli made some black mail today. I had lots of envelopes and i gathered some balack art mediums, ink, black crayon, charcoal, and some sponge brushes and a little elephant stamp. I showed Flynn how the charcoal differed from the crayon by smudging it and layering it and he took to it like a duck to water. He loved the push pull quality of charcoal, he liked when i wrote his name that he could slowly dissapate it with his fingers. He stamped and dribbled the watered down ink. He enjoyed the activity and because it was monotone he really noticed the difference in the mediums, and enjoyed their unique effects and played with this for the same amount of time that he would if hed had lots of colours to choose from, he never asked for any other colours he was content to make letters for his grandma. They can play post offices this afternoon together. Eli liked being incuded but was mostly interested in stitting on the table and dribbling the ink over his legs.

I popped this blog post onto Milk and Cuddles wednesday Linky 
& playtime linkyn over on The imagination Tree

Black Week

So the idea of celebrating one colour for an entire week came to me earlier in the year when i wrote a list of 35 things i wanted to do before i turn 35. I was going to add wearing red lipstick for a whole week as one of my things to do and then i thought, why not push my love of red one step further and celebrate red in all kinds of ways for whole week. We had so much fun celebrating red that on the third day my little guy Flynn came up to me all serious and asked if we could have black week next week. I said that we could have a black week but we might give it a little while so we can come up with some ideas. So time flys and Halloween seemed like a good time to make the most of the colour black, and here we are the week before Halloween enjoying black, Flynn's favourite colour. Its good for both of our skills in observation, imagination and it is definitely a cheering the soul thing to do. So this week when you see something black think of us and hop onto the face book page and post us a pic of your cool black thing.

love sassy

Saturday 22 October 2011

sassy scribble

and if your curious to see my grown up art,
then this is one of the other pages in my diary from last year.

Friday 21 October 2011

photo editing - friday finds

I love photoshop, but i also use picnik and pixlr-o-matic for fast photo editing and glamourising. However i can get carried away and sped hours playing with images, its very thereputic. I hope you enjoy these cool sites as much as i do.

Wednesday 19 October 2011

alphabet match - thinking cap thursday

Take two copy's of the alphabet, preferably on different coloured paper, cut one alphabet up into the individual letters, then child glues letters to their match. Excellent and super easy for letter recognition. This could be applied to numbers, sight words, letter phonetic sounds, whatever they need to focus on learning for their age level.

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Only Human on Humpday

Ok this is a new idea for my blog, on the need to hold my identity as a woman and not just a mum I want to write about some of the obstacles I face and how I face them. Sometime this will be deep and meaningful and other times it will be fun and light just depending on what challenges life is presenting me.

Today I want to talk about dyslexia something I face every day and it impacts mostly in little ways but occasionally it can really get me down. So what is dyslexia? most people know it’s a learning problem but not much more. So it’s a learning difficulty with pattern sequencing that mainly affects writing and can affect reading too. It took me ages to learn to tell the time, I found simple addition, times tables things like that a struggle. People have no idea I have this learning issue until I tell them, which is great, I have learnt to manage it but I struggled with it as a child. I did not know I had dyslexia until my late teens, I thought I just wasn’t good at basic things. It was eventually a fantastic teacher who recommended I seek help and have myself tested because he noticed I could grasp really complex concepts quickly and learnt new complicated Latin words but was getting words like control and does wrong. Generally you can always understand what I write as my mistakes are fairly phonetic. I apologise for any spelling errors I make in this blog you must understand sometimes they are typos but mostly they are mistakes and I have no idea I have made them, even if I re read what I’ve written I will not recognise the mistake because my major problem is with sequencing, if I first learnt the pattern of the words wrong then that is how it has stayed in my brain forevermore.

When I was tested I discovered a few things, that dyslexic people are generally very intelligent but they have one area that has a glitch, I have a glitch with patterns but otherwise I did great on the tests. Relief was huge for me, I got the validation I needed I wasn’t stupid as I sometime thought, I had a problem something different to most people. School had been so painful at times when I had spent hours and hours trying to learn spelling only to score 1 or 2 out of 30. One teacher told my mum I must have sight problems that I wasn’t seeing the black board properly; I was disappointed to discover my eyes were fine and the cool pink flowery glasses I had admired at the optometrist would not be mine. Mum took me during one school holiday to a spelling school, they had some great techniques and we both worked so hard but no pay off, I still couldn’t spell. So yeah to find out I had dyslexia was fantastic, not a dummy a dyslexic. A word by the way I struggle to spell cruel and kind of funny isn’t it. I was given extra time in exams at school to spell check and re-read my work (I read slower than the average person too) I was allowed to take in an electronic spell checker and so long as the teachers and examiners could follow what I was writing then I wasn’t marked down in papers for spelling errors.

I have come to discover a bit more about my dyslexia, I read in an art book, “drawing on the right side of the brain” that unlike most people who switch from one side of the brain to the other that dyslexic people are using both side simultaneously, now that’s cool. It explains why I think in pictures, everything is visual to me because my brain has slightly different wiring system to other people. I remember being in English class in year 12 and the teacher asking who was reading the novel we were studying and seeing the story as they read, like a movie, and I was surprised when I was the only student to raise a hand. What the hell was that book like for everyone else, I have no idea must have been boring. Up until that moment I was under the impression that everyone thought in pictures. People learn differently and we all favour one way of learning above others, there are seven different ways of learning.
To discover more about learning styles check out this link, learning styles online, who's chart this is.

So how does this impact me as an adult? well sometimes it has impacted my work, I worked as a bank teller for a while and whilst I was quite good at the job I felt pressure because I was slow with maths, accurate but slow, because I wrote everything down you could always track what I had done but when I took over balancing the safe I found  when it didn’t balance horrifically stressful and any mistakes would take me ages to follow up on and so in the end I changed jobs. It impacted me when I went to name my children some names are just off the list because I could never spell them, like Michael, John and Michelle thankfully these aren’t my style. I have thought I need to start teaching Flynn to read, hmm tricky, I have to be super careful now when I write in front of him as I’d hate for him to learn the words incorrectly off me. I am fearful that my children may have the same learning issues as me, but at least I know to look for signs and I know there are ways of helping dyslexic kids learn. Most of all any troubles they have with school work I will be sympathetic, and they have dad who can step who is an excellent speller and mathematician.

If you want to know more about identifying dyslexia in children go to netplaces, parenting children with dyslexia
If you want some tips on teaching Dyslexic children try some of these, I think this is great reading tips for any child, Dyslexia Parent

If you’re wondering yes I sometimes write letters backwards, especially when really tired. Yes I love, adore, to read it never put me off. Yes it’s possible to do well in school and university despite being dyslexic. And yes you do know of dyslexic people, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise (no it doesn’t explain couch jumping or weird religious tendencies), Whoopi Goldberg, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Cher, Richard Branson and Pablo Picasso just to name a few.
to conclude, thank god for spell check, always write phone numbers down for me or I'll program it into my phone wrong and if you think your child is dyslexic get them tested!!! now i think I'm going to have a cup of coffee.   

Tuesday Treasures - Spider Webs

I wanted to make some webs to go with Noni's spiders, i tried cotton wool and didn't like it much too difficult to work with so then i grabbed the cling wrap! looks even more webbish to me. Make a long thread by joining rolled pieces of cling wrap with clear sticky tape. Take two skewers and tape together then start weaving the thread around, tape down when you think its big enough. Attach a spider, and you have a toy or decoration perfect for scaring miss muffet.

Sunday 16 October 2011


@ the park in atherton

hat stealer

what you looking at lady?


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