Activities from The Mitten by Jan Brett

 

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We made sure to rest a lot. Sometimes that’s what we all need to do.

Chloe enjoyed The Snowy Day book activities I decided to do The Mitten by Jan Brett. She loves this book because it is not only snow, but animals, which she loves. I made her a big felt mitten and laminated the animals from The Mitten. She would read the book and act it out by putting the animals in the mitten. She laughed every time at the end when the bear sneezed out all the animals and she dumped them out of the mitten.  I was able to find a few vocabulary activities and we found the book on YouTube, which she loved.

Chloe has been talking about learning about polar bears, penguins, seals and whales, so I have been busy putting together some learning activities for that. We have the Disney movie with the polar bears, so we will do that for Watch and Learn day.  I haven’t been going to the library, so I found some books on my Hoopla for her to read. I will post about our Artic Animal week next Monday.

Have a wonderful and blessed day

Uber Frugal Month Update

Happy Friday everyone😁

So I wanted to give you an update on Uber Frugal Month on this 11th day of the challenge. I have not been in a store, except to buy groceries and needed items like toilet paper. I have stayed off of Amazon. I threw away my Christianbooks.com flyer today, but I did glance at it 🤗. Have we been perfect NOPE!! We have eaten out a few times😣. Once because I hurt me knee and couldn’t stand to cook. Weakness explains the others. 

Chloe has had a harder time, asking to go to the store constantly for suckers and ice cream. I have stood my ground and actually make her earn one lollipop ( bought last month) by doing her learning time. She wants to go out more now than before. Next month is her birthday, so she will have some fun outings then. I am having zero problems not buying stuff. I love being home and reading books I haven’t read yet. I am still minimizing everywhere I turn. Chloe’s room is still a disaster, but one of her past therapist thinks it might be an object permanence delay. She wants to see everything she owns. Hopefully we can work it out soon. 

I do intend to keep being as frugal as I can for as long as I can. We will spend for Chloe’s birthday in February, but I’m still not purchasing anything else. Hubby has his own way of being frugal and he has worked very hard to pay off bills.  He has paid off 2 cards and my Dr bill this month.  Way to go sweetie😀 

How is your frugal month going? I apologize I dont have my meal plan to post.  Chloe has kept us worn out and I didn’t get to it yet. I may post it over the weekend.

HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND ❤

Chloe Is Hungry All The Time!!

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Good morning! I hope all of you are having a great week.

Chloe was not always a lover of food. In fact we couldn’t get her to drink her formula, without losing it, forever it seemed. Once we found the right formula she ate a pretty normal amount. This was before the Autism diagnosis. Moving forward to baby food she was quite picky. I started with vegetables, like they recommend, but it took her awhile to try them. She loved oatmeal baby cereal and would eat that all day long. Fruit wasn’t to hard to get in her. It was sweet and she loved it in her cereal.

Once Chloe turned one we were excited to get her on table food and milk. She wouldn’t and couldn’t drink milk. We found out later she was allergic to milk.  She would drink water and of course juice. At first she loved green beans, peas, carrots and corn. She would eat any bread you gave her, but would not eat meat. People joked we had a vegetarian on our hands. She never wanted eggs, which is good because we found out she was allergic to them too.

Chloe stared having symptoms of Autism by 1 1/2 yrs of age. She had been very ill right before her 1st birthday and once better got her vaccinations. Whether it was the illness or the vaccinations she was different after that. She lost every babble, every bit of crawling and stopped pulling up. She had days of being totally silent.  She also stopped napping and having trouble going to sleep at night. Her food aversions started at this time too. She pushed food away she once ate, except the baby cereal. She actually ate this until age 3. She became a carb junkie, especially noodles. I continued to put veggies and meat on her plate, but she threw them on the floor and screamed as loud as she could.

This went on for years and now at almost age 9 she has added back peas and carrots. She will eat beef and turkey patties. I can also get her to eat deli meat ham and turkey. Noodles and pizza are her favorites. I still give her some dairy products, but am wondering if I take dairy away if it will improve her autism symptoms. So now that the food history lesson is over, lets move to my little eating machine.

Chloe wakes up wanting food out and ready. I don’t bow down to that, but I do ask her what she wants and fix it before doing anything else. 1 1/2 hours later she wants lunch. I tell her its not time and she begins to scream. She gets sent to her room if she doesn’t stop. I make her wait at least 2 hours and then give her a light snack. She yells for more and the fit begins again. Lunchtime has arrived and I fix her food, which lately include peas and carrots. She eats and then 30 minutes she asks for more. Ugh she cant be hungry already!!! I would say 90% of her fits are about not getting the food she wants. This continues to go on every hour to hour and a half until bedtime. I have bananas and apples anytime she wants them, but she always wants carbs. I quit buying several snack items because she would eat them until they were gone. Sometimes without my knowledge.

I have read a lot about children with Autism craving carbs or dairy. Chloe’s weight has went up a lot in the past year and even though she moves constantly she is filling out quite a bit. So I keep deleting items from the grocery list so she will mostly have healthy options to eat. Hopefully this will get her to eat the apples and a banana instead of Cheez its. She drinks water all day, so I know she is hydrated. I keep praying she will grow out of the pickiness and try new foods. We will just have to wait and see. The good thing we have control of what food comes in the house and she eventually stops screaming. (Tantrums are so fun, aren’t they??) I make the joke that she eats like a teenage boy. I think she eats out of sensory needs and boredom. So I try to keep her busy and give her a snack at appropriate times.

Do any of you have a child that has trouble eating to much? Tell me about what you do to solve the situation.

Have a wonderful and blessed day.

 

Hand Strengthening Exercises

Happy Wednesday everyone I hope your week is going well.

 

Chloe has low muscle tone. What does that mean? Low muscle tone means there is not enough tension in the muscle when it is at rest.  The muscle may be mushy or floppy when you feel it and there is a lack of control of the muscle when it is being used. This can keep a child from being able to do the simplest of tasks well. Writing has been a difficult area for Chloe. She does not like to write. She also struggles to learn to pour her own drink with control. Buttons and zippers are very tough for her. I have began to make it a priority to implement hand strengthening exercises in her every day homeschool and therapy.

Here are some of the activities that I use with Chloe.

Exercise Bands: These are good for pulling. They also work on arm muscles as well.

Theraputty: This comes in different strengths and colors. I put beads and small objects in hers so she can pull them out.

Small handheld ball: These are good for squeezing. The Dollar Tree has these.

Play dough: Just playing with Play dough is good for improving hand strength. Get the rollers, cookie cutters and play dough sets to add a more play aspect to it.

Tongs/Clothespins: I use these for picking up small objects . There are many activities you can use these for.

Putting Rubber Bands on a can or cup

Magnet Letters, Numbers or Animals: These are good for the refrigerator or Easel.

Tear or cut paper

Connect 4 Game: If your child doesn’t understand the concept of the game let them just put the circles in. Great Fine Motor work.

Here is a great website with many more exercises to try: http://theinspiredtreehouse.com

 

A lot of these can be done in everyday play. I incorporate them into Chloe’s Homeschool and Therapy each day. One thing that has improved Chloe’s writing is she is drawing a lot!! She draws on paper, her Magna Doodle and her dry erase board. I love it! None of the mentioned items above cost very much at all. The Dollar Tree has most of them. Theraputty can be found at Hobby Lobby or Amazon. Connect 4 can be found at Walmart or Amazon. I got my exercise bands on Amazon as well. I hope some of these can be of help for your child.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day.

She’s Just Not Ready

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Good morning😊

I have been working with Chloe on telling time and learning money for a few years now and we are still stuck in the same spot.  She has made progress, which I am so proud and thankful, but I couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t progress further.

On Saturday I watched a live stream on YouTube that woke me up. I asked the woman on the live stream some advice on my time and money issues with Chloe. A mom commented and asked “Does she understand the purpose of telling time and using money”? I was like I thought she did, even though she hasn’t let me know in any way that she does. The woman then said “With her Autism maybe she doesn’t their purpose in her world”. BOOM!!! Why didn’t I think of that before? If Chloe has no interest in something she doesn’t push herself to learn it. ThenI thought “Maybe she just isn’t ready for it yet”, I have to always remember she may almost be 9, but not in all areas. 

Reading is her favorite and books are her friends (She says). So she excels most in this area. I’m done pushing so hard and I will just revisit this area in a few months and try again.

I have learn reaching out to other Homeschool or Autism moms is super helpful when I’m struggling. Chloe will learn certain things when shes ready. I am very proud of her where she is🙂

Have a Blessed Day

Book Activities: The Snowy Day

 

 

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was 60 degrees here yesterday. Crazy January weather.

I love to do activities that go along with a book of the week. Last week we had fun doing activities with the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Chloe has loved this book for many years. I found so many activities from a site called homeschoolcreations.com. Everything from Math, Reading to Science.

Chloe seemed to enjoy all the activities. I really wish it had snowed last week. That would have been awesome to go with our theme. Unfortunately it rained A LOT!! I bought a science kit, back in December, from the Dollar Tree that you used to make snow. I thought she would love it, but she just made it and walked away, never to touch it again. LOL.

The next book we are working on this week is The Mitten by Jan Brett. Chloe has been reading it for a few weeks. I again found great resources from homeschoolcreations.com and google images. I am hoping she likes the activities I have come up with.

Do any of you do book themes in your homeschool?

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.

Occupational Therapy Sites I Love

Happy Friday. I am sorry for the late post. Last night Miss Chloe was fussing and talking for hours in bed and I just couldn’t focus to upload this. Today I wanted to share where I get Chloe’s Occupational Therapy activities from.

My very favorite site is:

THERAPY STREET FOR KIDS

This site has so many activities that cover every area. I have used many of their activities for Chloe and she loves it.

My next favorite site is:

OT MOM LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Again this is a great site for activities that cover many areas from fine motor to gross motor and even pencil grip strategies.

Next is:

MAMA OT

She has a wonderful site. I should’ve listed this one 2nd. They are all great, but this one includes a blog and a major abundance of activities.

 

PINTEREST AND TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS

These are 2 other places I normally go to find great ideas. I love to find file folder activities to have Chloe work since she is a visual learner.

I hope you will check these out if you work with your child or need a few extra activities to add to their regular therapy.

 

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.