Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Reading Eggs is an online reading programme aimed at 3 - 7 year olds. We found it unsuitable for Owen and Anya and the environment is too young for our kids. However, they have recently launched Reading Eggspress, which is a new website for 7 – 12 year olds! This brand new world, designed for older students, is full of motivating learning activities, rewards, great games and real time contests. With 650 e-books in the library and 200 comprehension lessons, Reading Eggspress is a complete English Skills program for middle and upper primary students. Anya has really enjoyed the new environment and found many books she has read on the site. She said she preferred reading on the screen as she didn't like the feel of paper. I wasn't even aware of this problem until now.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
You can increase the level of omega-3 fatty acids in the eggs that your hens lay by including flaxseed in their feed. The flaxseed contains a type of omega-3 fatty acid called a -linolenic acid and the hen will deposit a significant amount of this dietary fatty acid into the egg yolk. The hen will also convert some of the a -linolenic acid into smaller amounts of other forms of omega-3 fatty acids and deposit them into the egg yolk.
Here is my current mix:
Wheat 4 Parts
Oats/Barley 2 Parts
Lentils/Split Peas/Quinoa 2 Parts
Flaxseed/Sunflower/Sesame Seeds 2 parts
Free choice of Oyster Shells/Grit
More information on Omega chicken diets can be found at http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/poultry/bba01s04.html
Friday, 14 October 2011
Last year we subscribed to Brain Pop Jnr. This year I have decided to invest another $99 into Brain Pop which is aimed at older kids. The science provided by Brain Pop Jnr is a little basic for Owen but the science videos aimed at secondary student on Brain Pop will suit him better.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Last year I spent a whole year offering Owen and Anya one to one learning. The sessions included reading books matching reading level and age level day reading, playing spelling games, playing reading base board games and working through reading programmes aimed at kids with autism. We did make some slow progress but the real progress has been made by the kids teaching themselves. They often ask me how to spell a word when they are chatting to their friends online. I have learnt to simply spell the word and not irritate them by trying to make their question into a lesson!
Roblox does market itself as an educational game with a belief that kids learn best by making things — by engaging in the creative and complex process of imagining, designing, and constructing. Roblox provides them with a safe place to build, gives them the requisite tools and lets them play. They say they are inspired by the educational theory pioneered by Seymour Papert of the MIT Media Lab. This theory — labeled "Constructionism" — holds not only that kids learn best when they are in the active roles of designer and builder, but that their learning is optimized when they're assuming these roles in a public forum.
Monday, 10 October 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
At the time, I was sitting down with Owen and Anya for a few hours each day to cover English and Math. The lessons were informal and the kids didn’t seem to mind but didn’t seem to engage in the lessons with any passion. Both of them were barely reading and writing when they left school. They both refuse to read books even though I have tried hard to find books with an interest level at their age but a lower reading age. They both hate books which I suspect is a result of the atrociously boring books they were made to read at school. We used a specialist software application called Wordshark which is designed to help dyslexic children learn to spell. Both Owen and Anya tolerated 30 mins a day using this software but it didn’t seem to create any real interest or pride in reading or spelling. I noticed Owen had started watching Japanese Manga films with subtitles and seemed to be following the plot. Owen started to ask me how to spell words having shown no previous interest in spelling correctly. He was very interested in an online game called Roblox and was chatting with his online friends. I sat down with him to watch him play. He was typing at a tremendous speed with amazingly accurate spelling. So I decided to abandon the Wordshark and allow him to watch Manga subtitles for 30 minutes instead. His reading now seems pretty good (not brilliant but okay) and his spelling is very good. He still isn’t interested in reading books but is able to read whatever he needs to on his computer. He uses the internet to research and look up all sorts of information.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
I have found that preparing Owen for big events is the most effective way of reducing his stress. I have spent the last few months preparing Owen for the move and including:
- Explaining why we are moving
- Showing him photos of the new house
- Explaining what is involved in the move
- Showing Owen the calender and reminding him of the move date
- Packing a bag of essential toys, clothes and food/snacks for the first few days.
Social stories may also help autistic kids understand what is going on.
On the day of the move we ensure the kids stuff was off loaded first and their beds and essential toys unpacked first. Anya was brilliant and got on with unpacking her stuff. Owen needed more support and help but managed well.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
- Ingestion of food triggers oxytocin release by activation of vagal afferent nerves. Most likely, it can also be released by stimulation of other senses such as olfaction, as well as by certain types of sound and light.
- Purely psychological mechanisms can trigger the release of oxytocin. This means that positive interaction involving touch and psychological support may be health-promoting.
- Oxytocin can be released by various types of sensory stimulation, for example by touch and warmth. Bloodstream levels of oxytocin have been shown to rise during massage.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Monday, 15 August 2011
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Monday, 1 August 2011
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Autistic children and people can have a superior memory to neuro-typical people. This may be an advantage in some ways as time will not steal experiences. However, it is much harder for Owen to open himself to new relationships if he can't heal from past ones. How can he face his fears, knowing that the memory of what scares him will never fade?
Friday, 22 July 2011
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
We sell our children’s clothes at lots of markets and fairs. Owen and Anya both enjoy helping to make the signs and then serve the customers on our stall. It is a great chance for them to develop their confidence serving customer and practice their mental arithmetic’s. In addition, the Country Show is a fabulous mix of culture, food, entertainment and fun.
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
· kitchen cleaner
· 10 dirty copper coins
· 50ml vinegar
· a glass
· a pinch of salt
· 3cm nail
1. Put the coins into the empty glass then cover them with vinegar. Stir in the salt and leave for five minutes.
2. Meanwhile, clean the nail with kitchen cleaner and dry it carefully. It should now be very clean and bright.
3. Remove the coins from the vinegar, leaving the vinegar in the glass. What happened to the coins?
4. Drop the nail into the vinegar and leave it there for half an hour.
5. What has happened to the nail?
· The vinegar contains acid which dissolved the brown copper-based chemicals from the coins, leaving them shiny.
· These copper-based chemicals then mixed with the vinegar to make a new chemical.
· This chemical settled on the nail and turned it brown.