It’s So Hot!

Good Afternoon

I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. We just finished our school work and Chloe is resting on the couch drawing on her Magnadoodle.

We haven’t been able to get outside much. The heat index has been above 100 degrees the past few days. It will be much better weather on Thursday. Right now we go out for short spurts. Just too hot!!

Chloe woke up last night at 12:42 am. Her sleep is definitely affected by not having outside time. It regulates her somehow. Hopefully as Fall approaches she will sleep a lot better. The time change will help as well. It seems children with Autism are affected my so many things. It’s all a learning experience.

Is it still hot where you live?

Welcome to all of my new followers 😊

 

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Homeschool Update

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Happy Friday😊

Today I thought I would give you an update on how our school year is going so far. We just wrapped up our 2nd week. Chloe is really working hard and I’m super proud of her. 

We are taking a relaxed approach to our day. We wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush our teeth and hair, then we take it easy for a bit. We may go outside for awhile or snuggle up on the couch and watch TV. Chloe will usually say “Ok time for school” and off she goes to the table. 

We have been reviewing bits and pieces from last school year. She has remembered everything so far. Next week I want to start introducing some new Math concepts and try to get her to read some more difficult books. She is an amazing reader. She is working hard on her writing, but still won’t space out her words. She has made huge improvements in neatness. 

I think everything is going great so far. She does way better since we are moving at a calmer pace. How is your children’s school year going so far? Let me know in the comments😊

Have a wonderful day💜

Craft Projects

 

Good Morning

Today I want to share a tip that is helpful for me when it comes to having craft projects for Chloe. 

When Chloe was preschool age she loved doing any type of arts and crafts. Now she has to be in the mood and I have to be prepared. How do I prepare? I take gallon size Ziploc bags and get what I need for each craft, put it in its assigned baggie and keep it in a box set up for craft projects. Then whenever Chloe wants to do a craft I let her choose one from the box.

You can find lots of free printable crafts online. All she would do is cut out the pieces and glue them on construction paper. I have learned as long as I have crafts ready to go she will want to do them.  Some days she just wants to paint with water colors, so I keep paper and the water color paints available for her.

Make sure you reuse the Ziplocs again and again for new crafts. I actually want to use pencil holder bags instead and get away from the ziplocs. Sometimes I need a bigger bag, so we will see how that goes. 

I hope this is helpful to you. I find with one child or multiple children being prepared ahead of time is the best strategy.

Have a wonderful day

Ways Chloe Works On Writing

Good Morning

Chloe has never liked to write until she received her first Magnadoodle. All of a sudden she was writing and drawing every day. She has went through 3 of them so far. I am always looking for sales on them so I can put them back for her. I usually have someone get her one for her birthday and Christmas.

I have read how many children with Autism have trouble with or dislike writing. Chloe has low muscle tone in her hands and they tire easily. She use to fight writing like crazy, even throwing her pencil. Now she asks to write all the time!

Here are the ways I work with her and other tips to help strengthen her muscles.

**Therapy Putty, Clay, Playdough : These help with hand strengthening

**Finger and Hand Stretches: You can find many of these online. Make them fun and do them to music.

MagnaDoodle: Chloe loves this. It goes with her everywhere. I like it because it saves paper as well.

Shaving Cream: A fun sensory filled way to practice writing. If your child doesn’t like to get messy let them use a paintbrush to write with.

Salt Tray: Use a tray and put salt in it. She can use their fingers, a pencil or a paint brush to write. I bought a 2 inch high rectangle Tupperware container at the Dollar Tree with a lid. It works great.

Q-tip, Paint and Paper: Chloe loves to write words with paint. I sometimes dot out words for her to trace.

Dry Erase Board: She loved these before MagnaDoodles. She still occasionally uses one. I think its the ultra smooth surface that make writing easier.

Coloring Sheets: Yes coloring sheets help with writing skills. Staying in the lines is huge for future writing in the lines.

Writing Notebook: Chloe uses a writing notebook to practice letters and sentences in. I just bought a cute notebook at Walmart for her to use. Each day I write letter or sentences for her to copy.

 

These are the current activities I use to work with Chloe each week. I tried to upload a few pictures, but they wouldn’t load. I hope some of these will help your child.

Welcome to all of my new followers! Have a wonderful day.

 

I’m All In!!

Good Morning ☺

This past weekend I continued to look through areas of the house to declutter.  I have reached a point that I only want to keep what I actually use. 

I was like most people and kept things because I “Might” use them later. Most of the time I never did. Getting rid of things use to be so tough for me. I always felt bad if I got rid of an item someone gave me or that a lot of money was spent on. Now I just get frustrated with all the unused stuff.

One area I worked on was the bathroom. Women tend to have a lot of beauty care products we don’t use. I went through each box in the pantry and got rid of items I never use or were old. One product I love is coconut oil. I can use it to make so many products. 

Coconut oil is a great after shower moisturizer. Put in on damp skin and pat dry. I also use it as a hair treatment, and make homemade toothpaste with it. I plan on using it to make homemade shampoo eventually. 

Chloe and I use the same Shampoo and Conditioner. This keeps me from having to many bottles to keep up with. I also use coconut oil on her hair and skin. She does have regular toothpaste. She’s very picky about that. 

I no longer use hairspray or other styling products. I’m trying to grow out my hair. So I did keep a few headbands and barrettes for those wild hair days. Lol.

Makeup is pretty minimal as well. I mostly use foundation, eyeliner,  eye shadow, brow pencil and mascara. On hot days, if I’m outside a lot, I only wear eye makeup. I sweat to much for the foundation.  Some days I wear no makeup to give my skin a break.

I do prefer cloth menstrual pads over store bought. I know some people think its gross, but all I know is I am very uncomfortable in store bought pads and experience less skin issues with cloth ones. 

I am happy that I am able to pare down my stuff without guilt. Everything that goes out makes me feel more at ease. Now if I can just get Chloe on board 🙄

Welcome to my new followers. 😊 I hope everyone has a great Monday.

Raising Your Spirited Child Book Review

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Good Morning 🙂

Today I wanted to share a wonderful book I just finished. It’s called Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. I bought my copy at a 2nd hand book store for $3.00, but I know Amazon has it for around $11.

Do you have a child that is more intense, sensitive, very energetic, persistent and unusually perceptive? I do! Yes my daughter is Autistic, but I found this book to be helpful in so many areas. I was reminded that my daughter is an introvert and I tend to push her into social situations and then wander why she explodes. Chloe just can’t verbally say “Mom I need to be away from this situation “. 

There is a group of parents that meet that discuss their children’s issues and after trying the tips suggested share what happened. I loved the stories told. So many success stories😊.  The book covers communication,  food issues, clothing, vacation problems, behaviors, bedtime routines and much more. I don’t want to give to much away. This book is so worth the money. It is not a book about Autism, but I believe it can be applied to most children.

I have applied a few techniques with Chloe and already see a difference 👍 I highly recommend this book😀

I hope everyone has a great weekend❤

She was EXCITED😀

Good Morning ☺

The public schools in our area started yesterday. You know what that means? No more over crowded parks, libraries or mall. I told Chloe Monday that on Wednesday we would go to the park and that the kids will be at school. She was so happy😊

When we got to the park she was giggling and smiling so big. She practically ran to the playground. It was great to see her so relaxed and playing on everything.  There were 4 small children there, but she didn’t mind them at all. We had great weather, with a nice breeze blowing.  

Once she had played on every piece of playground equipment, she has a routine,  she was ready to go. I asked her if she had fun and she yelled a very loud “YES”!! She got in the car, got a drink and put in her lunch order for when we got home😁

Have a wonderful day❤