Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Qualities Of A Good Educator For Preschool

Studying hard certainly prepares you to be a good preschool educator, but there are a number of inherent characteristics that will ensure you are a sensational teacher. For instance, you can certainly learn how to create a warm classroom or teach the preschool program, but exuding enthusiasm for the education of your students is something that can only come from the heart.
With that in mind, here are more important qualities that make a great educator for pre-schoolers.

1. Passion

Do you have an intense desire to really make a different in young children’s lives? Passion is arguably one of the most important qualities for any teacher. There will be those days when teaching preschool will be difficult, whether it’s because your salary isn’t what you thought it would be, the parents seem ungrateful, or the kids are acting up, getting through those low points can be overwhelming. But, when you have a burning passion for education, it is your drive and determination that will get you through.

2. Patience

Besides your passion for education, you need lots of patience. Each class, such as those in Guardian child care centres in Sydney, has children with a variety of developmental skills. When it comes to pre-schoolers, constant reminders about protocol, manners, and hygiene are all part of a normal school day. From behaviour difficulties to learning difficulties, it takes a great deal of patience to keep your classroom in order. What’s more, working with difficult parents, teachers, and administrators means you need to be patient outside the classroom, too. A great teacher knows how to keep his or her cool under varying degrees of pressure.

3. Creativity

Being creative in the classroom involves more than making projects. You may have to work in a restricted environment with limited resources, and your classroom may be a melee of children from different backgrounds and cultures. So, you need to be able to draw from your creativity to make decisions in the best interest of your class.

4. Flexibility

Even when you have every detail of each lesson planned, unexpected turns can arise. A great educator is one that is flexible in dealing with change. Whether it’s as straight forward as having a back up plan for rainy days or amending the entire plan to accommodate for budget cuts, your fine-tuning skills and flexibility will help you tackle challenges with grace.

5. Dedication

Finally, excellent preschool teachers are those who are dedicated to their career and their learners. They stand up for their beliefs and educational values, and for their student’s needs. What’s more, these educators are dedicated to education and continue to inspire students to continue learning. At preschool level, creating a fun learning environment can resonate with children for the rest of their life.
Along with these 5 important qualities, a great educator will also form part of a supportive teaching community. Many teachers find even more inspiration by aligning themselves with professional associations.
Above all, exceptional preschool educators are those teachers that continue to work on their craft and personal development to continue growing.

Disclosure: Collaborative Post

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Waiting to Bounce on our Trampoline

The plan for this last weekend was to put up our brand new trampoline from Big Game Hunters. However, this is what our garden looks like at the moment.

Not exactly perfect for putting up a new trampoline don't you think? The kids will just have to wait a little longer. I can't blame them for being excited though because the trampoline we have is a fab looking 8ft Skyhigh Orbisphere from Big Game Hunters and it has some great features. It has a modern curved pole design and it is built to last with foam covered springs and pvc covered poles. It also looks pretty fantastic.

I think we will be the envy of our neighbours once we do have it up. In fact we are one of the only ones without a trampoline so far and we are in the middle so I can see our kids competing against the neighbours kids on who can bounce the highest. With 48 springs at 165mm in length I think they may have a good chance of winning!

There is still time to order a trampoline in time for Christmas and Big Game Hunters currently have some real bargains with up to £200 off the cost of their trampolines.

You can also get some great accessories for your trampoline like covers and ladders and even tents. I know that my kids would love a tent and I'll be thinking of investing in one for them very soon.

Big Game Hunters are specialists in outdoor garden toys and have many things on offer. Delivery is free on items over £150 and orders are often dispatched on the same day as ordering. Besides trampolines they also sell playhouses, climbing frames and swings, basket ball equipment and Garden Games. 

We can't wait to have fun with our trampoline and I'm hoping to get you a video of how the kids enjoy bouncing around so watch this space.

Do you have a trampoline in your garden?

Cuddle Fairy

Disclosure: I have been sent a trampoline to review but this will come at a later date. I have not been asked or paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Monday, 11 December 2017

My Choice of Christmas Gifts from eChemist

Being disabled I do a lot of my Christmas shopping online. It's convenient, less hassle and much more relaxing. In the past I've been the kind of person that loves the Christmas crowds in the shops, walking my feet off around all the different stores, soaking up the Christmas atmosphere and searching for those perfect gifts. Sadly, I am unable to cope with that anymore, trust me, wheelchairs and frenzied crowds don't mix.

So, apart from a couple of visits to the less crowded, huge stores, most of my shopping has been done online. I even have a delivery slot booked for my Christmas food delivery.

So, it's less than two weeks now until the Big Day, and hopefully most shopping has been done and dusted, but there are always those few little extras you need or gifts you may have forgotten. Online shopping is great for this, especially with most places offering delivery right up a day or so before Christmas.

I've been shopping online at eChemist and I wanted to share a few little things I managed to pick up.

For the Sister-in-Law

Everyone likes a nice smelling home and Yankee Candles are a big favourite. I think my sister-in-law would love these gorgeous smelling Christmas votive candles that come with a pretty holder.

For The Brother-in-Law

You can't go wrong with some toiletries. The blokes might complain that that's all they get for Christmas, along with their socks...but lets be honest...they do get good use out of them.

So, I've chosen this toiletry set from L'Oreal

Secret Santa

I love Secret Santas and try to take part in at least one every year. I love the challenge of finding a gift for someone in secret. This year I believe that this lovely gift set from Burt's Bees will be a real treat.

Stocking Filler

If you are anything like me you are always trying to find little stocking fillers for the family. My kids love the little gifts they get in their stockings and it's nice to find something that fits.

I love this little bead set and it's just the right size for a stocking and both my girls would love it.

Do pop on over to eChemist and see what they have to offer. They also sell all the usual chemist supplies so you can stock up on those too while there. Don't forget your Cashback too. Top Cashback offers 5.25% cashback on all purchases from eChemist and it's free to join.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The A Word and Ticking Boxes

As you may already know, I am a big fan of the BBC drama, The A Word all about a family dealing with their little boy's autism.

As an autism family myself I like to use the drama to reflect how it has represented my experiences with Autism. I've not written for a few weeks, partly because the drama has followed so many different paths to the autism one and partly because I've not really had the time to analyse the episodes. I have decided to write this post though as I now have another reason to write about it. All will be revealed in a moment.

I've chosen the title ticking boxes because any parent of a child with autism or any disabilities or learning difficulties will know the relevance. In the A Word we see the family struggling to fill in a form for their autistic boy Joe's new school. Form filling is something we special needs parents know all about, whether it's for schools, for assessments or even for benefits for our children. There are forms galore and many of them pages and pages long. It doesn't stop either. In a later episode we see an older autistic boy, Mark, filling in a form for college. He read out a part of the form he'd written himself, about himself and it made me cry. A small insight into how an autistic teenager feels about trying to fit in with others.

When your child is first expected to have autism then it's forms that come first. Tick the boxes, fit the structure, get the diagnosis. Only, it's not so easy, what if your child doesn't fit? What if you can't tick the boxes?

This is the situation I find myself in right now, yet again, for the third time. My youngest, my Little Man has been having problems at school and after a meeting with his teacher the other day, she has suggested that we see about getting him assessed for autism.

I can't say I've never thought about it but he just doesn't tick the boxes. But, no autistic child is the same so even though I have two already it's still possible to have a third that's totally different. The thing is, in my heart, I really don't think he has autism, I think maybe he has an Attention Deficit Disorder. I guess the only way to find out is to get him assessed and that's probably what we need to get started on.

Both my eldest and Star were different from birth, they didn't sleep, they didn't settle, they were mostly unhappy. Then they didn't fit in with other children, they didn't play the same way. They were both vocal but difficult to converse with. They both had echolia and vacant episodes. They both had trouble at school which led to them being assessed. They both ticked many of the boxes for autism...yet, they are not very much alike, they are very different characters.

The Little Man was a quiet baby, but clingy. He didn't like being apart from me or his Dad. He was very floppy and instead being played with he preferred to lie flat on our laps. He didn't even like sitting up. He did sleep okay but that's probably because we co-shared our bed with him. We were in a much smaller house with a baby we hadn't planned for and all our space was taken up, so we had no choice but to share with him. (When we moved house he took the transition to his own bedroom really well!)

He didn't walk until he was nearly two years old and then he just ran everywhere, the phrase 'you can't run until you can walk' had little meaning to him. He was also a slow speaker. The health visitor suggested that we sent him to a pre-school group for two and half days a week. He was only two and would be all day for two days, meaning he had lunch there as well. It was a difficult decision for me as I'd cared for all my children until they were old enough for nursery, he was still a baby to me. But, it did him good, he soon caught up with all his peers and he even toilet trained while there.

Despite his slow start he has come along really well and is bright, lively and very loving. He cares about everyone and loves to cuddle. Something my older autistic children have never been keen to do. (Although my eldest does have his own way of hugging me and does so frequently.) He's always had loads of friends and everyone has seemed to like him....until recently.

Suddenly the children he has been at school with for the last four years have turned against him. His friendship list has dwindled massively. A couple of his close friends have now moved to different schools which may have started the disruption but it's hard to tell, he doesn't tell us much. He has started being very naughty in class, drawing on walls, desks and chairs, tripping up other children, flooding the toilets and more. Has has zero patience and limited concentration. This continues at home which is why I think he has ADD.

However, he is also a child in a different kind of home with autistic siblings and a disabled mother. He has very limited memories of when I could walk. It must all be very tough on a seven year old.

I really don't think he ticks the boxes, but let's bring it on. I'm ready for more forms.

Another point that was brought up in The A Word was whether you would change an autistic child, or wish for them to not be autistic anymore. I don't mean a cure, but just wish they hadn't been born that way. This is such a tricky subject and I'm so glad they were brave enough to mention it. Their little boy is different from other children and they face a future with him that they didn't expect and one that no-one would really wish for. But, if they took away the autism would the child be the same child or would it be like swapping them for a different child? There is so much about autism that is not bad, an autistic person can be very loyal and truthful. The autism becomes part of their personality and with all the awareness these days I'm sure life will be better for them in the future. I can see autistic people fitting into jobs, marriages and leading a relatively normal life, in fact many have already. Then there are those that are on the higher end of the spectrum that will never lead a 'normal' life. It's so difficult, because taking away the autism is taking away part of the child. No-one wants an autistic child, but once they are in the family everything changes and whether it's for better or worse the only thing I know for sure is that everyone is different.

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Reflections From Me

My Sunday Photo 10th December 2017

Three children sitting at the feet of Father Christmas in his grotto, with a festive fireplace to the left of the picture

Three children with their magic golden keys about to enter Santa's toyshop

Yikes! This time in just two weeks it will be Christmas Eve!!
As it's getting so close now I've decided to share some Christmas photos taken at Hatton's Enchanted Christmas Kingdom a couple of weeks ago. Yes, we got our visit to Father Christmas in  early and letters were written and sent. Phew, that's one thing less to worry about, I just hope Father Christmas brings them all that they wished for.

We really enjoyed the grotto at Hatton, it was magical to wander around. I'll leave my 3 minute tour video at the end of this post if you are interested.
In the meantime Christmas preparations are in full swing here, I have begun the big wrap up and cards are being written. The food is ordered and last minute presents  sent for. I'm taking part in two Secret Santa's this year and I've already received one of my gifts. I'll be posting mine off on Monday.

Are you ready for Christmas? Are you feeling festive?

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Sunday Snap

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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