Chloe Loves Sign Language 😍

Chloe loves to learn sign language.  Above she is signing apple and cat.

Happy Monday Everyone 😊

When Chloe was a baby I started teaching her simple signs. She had a severe speech delay and screamed a lot when she wanted or needed something. It was tough!

As Chloe started gaining speech, mostly echolalia,  she still used some signs to communicate. If she is playing and I tell her it’s time to do something else she will say and sign play. She is really working hard to learn to sign the alphabet. She knows them better than I do😁

We watch a YouTube channel by Jack Hartman.  His video See It Say It Sign It is her favorite. He has many other signing videos as well. We love his channel😍 We checked out Baby Signing Time videos from the library a few years ago, but she didn’t like them. Right now we are working on letters, animals, food and feelings. 

I believe teaching her sign language is important.  She has trouble expressing her wants and needs when upset. I also love learning with her. Many afternoons, like right now as I’m typing this, we practice our signs. I think it is important for everyone to know basic signs. 

Have you ever taught your young children to use sign language before they could speak? Do you have a non verbal child who communicates with signing? Share below in the comments. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day 😊

 

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Fall Weather Is Finally Here

20191011_155141  Good Morning and Happy Sunday!

I just have to stop saying I can only post 3 days a week, LOL. I get a writer’s block, post that, and then I think of tons of stuff to post. So I guess I will post as much as I can and leave it at that.

This morning as I open up the windows and let the cool breeze in I feel so relaxed. I do so love the Fall temperatures. Chloe and I spent hours outside yesterday. I pay for it with congestion, but we just love to cool temps. The leaves are starting to change colors and the squirrels are all over the yard. They are so fun to watch as I drink my coffee.

Typically, on Sunday, I am planning to go to the grocery. This week I am using up what we have before I go. I am going to make Chloe some more pumpkin muffins for breakfast and make a menu plan off of what is left in the fridge, freezer and pantry. This is a big money saver….if you eat at home. We will see how far I can stretch it.

This upcoming week I will be taking Chloe to one of the biggest pumpkin patches in our home town. It has animals, a jump pad, a corn bin, games and you can ride a wagon out to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin. She is very excited to go!  She is most excited about the jump pad. My girl loves to jump!!

I am looking forward to hanging outside later, with my feet up, searching for a new book to read on Hoopla. I think I am going to start You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s cheap) by Tammy Strobel. I have tried to upload a picture of the book for the past 30 minutes, but it won’t post. It is so funny how one day pics go right up and others it’s like NOT TODAY!!

Chloe is ready for me to help her get dressed, so off we go to play outside for hours. She is still sleeping so well and I am thankful. The more outside time she gets the better for her physically, emotionally and mentally. It is good for me as well.

Thank you for stopping by today. Welcome to my new followers. Have a very blessed day.

 

 

Can I Live Without It?

20190914_150756    HAPPY SATURDAY!

 

It is the day I post about simple living and minimalism. I have been researching a lot about simple living lately. One question that seems to pop up on many sites is What Can You Live Without? That is a good question and it really made me think about the stuff I have left and could I live without some of it.

I just finished the book, for the 2nd time, goodbye things by fumio sasaki. He got rid of almost all of his possessions so he could live a more simple and meaningful life. He shares his journey from the very beginning. It is a wonderful book if you are on a journey to minimalism. So I started to think of all the items I have left and could I live without any of it? 

I have already gotten rid of over half of my stuff, but I believe I could live with even less. The less the better. Less to store, less to organize and less to clean. I am not the best housekeeper, so the less to worry about may help me in that area. Its funny since I am allergic to dust, but I just dislike cleaning. Well how many people love it. LOL. So lets break down a few of my items and see if I can part with them.

Books: I have 7 books left, including my Bible. I have read all of them at least twice. Could I part with them? Yep, except my Bible of course. There is one book I may keep because I love the recipes in it. We will see how that goes.

Notebooks: I have never shared my obsession with notebooks before. I even had my kids buy me notebooks for my birthday one year. I kid you not…LOL. I love to write and I always want to know I have a notebook handy. Right now I have 3 empty notebooks waiting for me to write in. I know I can’t live without them, but I can resist buying one until I need it. 

Makeup: I have already simplified my makeup basket. I do have days I don’t wear any makeup. I do like my eye makeup. I wear glasses and I like to play up my eyes a bit. If I had to go without it I guess I could, but I would prefer just to keep it simplified.

Lots of Clothes: I have never liked having to many clothes. Its a pain! I am not fashionable and I love to be comfortable. I am happy with my 1 weeks worth of clothes and 2 dressy outfits in case I need them.

Eating Take Out: Yes I could do without it. I do love Mexican food, but I know take out is often unhealthy and gets expensive. The only way to make this happen is to cook daily. I would like to enjoy a good Mexican meal out occasionally, but I could do without.

It is amazing that I thought for years I had to have a lot of stuff to be happy. It was only a moment of happiness and then it became something to clean or put away. Living with the essentials is what is important to me now. I have mentioned, in a previous post, that I do not like shopping. Sometimes I will get away by myself and go to Goodwill or a 2nd hand bookstore. Once there I feel claustrophobic and have even gotten dizzy. Not a good feeling. If I can ever get Chloe’s room minimized I hope I can teach her the concept of less as well. I know it will ease her stress, especially since she has Autism and desires less stress in her life.

If you are trying to simplify your life, think about what items  you can live without. You may surprise yourself.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Welcome to all of my new followers. Have a wonderful day.

Chart Update &My Bloodwork

Happy Friday😀

As you are reading this Chloe and I are on the road to our hometown. I am getting blood work done today and then visiting family.

I have to go a for blood work several times a year to check on my thyroid and liver function.  I actually look forward to them. I like to know where everything stands. I have been extremely fatigued lately and so I am looking forward to getting these results back. I haven’t been able to work out for over a week and that is not good. Heavy period and not feeling well made it quite difficult. I need to get back on track. 

Now for Chloe’s chart update.  Boy oh boy did she not like it. I walked in the kitchen to find her putting stickers all over it and saying “I’m done”! Hmm she usually doesn’t respond this way to charts. Oh well I will make a new one and try again. 

The weather this week has been beautiful and cooler. We love it and have been spending lots of time outside. I hope it continues 😊

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day 🧡

Unschooling Math For This Week

Good Morning 😊

Today I want to share our unschooling math activities for the week. Unfortunately Chloe accidentally deleted the pictures. Lol

Chloe enjoys math. She has always loved to count everything! I am so proud of how far she has come, from using counters to doing facts in her head. I have started introducing adding 3 numbers. She got frustrated at first, but quickly got it and then loved it. Sometimes Chloe will still use counters just for fun. When she uses the math cubes she also gets fine motor work in, which is great.

We worked on time by stopping during the day and looking at the clock on the wall. Easy Peasy 🙂

She is still struggling with retaining More or Less. Not sure why, but we just keep working on it. I use blocks, rocks outside, and just drawing on her dry erase board to practice these concepts.

Another way we worked on math is cooking. I love cooking with Chloe. She’s messy and fun😆. You can also work on reading during cooking activities.  

Finally we watched Jack Hartman videos on YouTube and played on StarFall.  He has so many math videos. Chloe loves them and learns so much from them. StarFall is a wonderful website full of math, phonics and reading activities.  Chloe does very well on it. Like I have said I want learning to be fun for her.

So there are the unschool math activities we did this week. Thanks so much for stopping by🙂

Have a great day🧡

Baking With Chloe🎃

Happy Thursday😀

I love baking with my girl. Once Fall is here she starts asking me for Pumpkin Bread or Muffins. I always say “Ok, but you have to help me make them”. Its a great bonding time with her.

I also make this a reading and math activity,  as well as life skill learning. I have Chloe read me the recipe and help me find the ingredient on the table. Then I show her the measuring cup or spoon we need. Her favorite part is always cracking the eggs into the bowl. We really enjoy baking and learning together. Here is the recipe we used:

PUMPKIN MUFFINS

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar or Splenda

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon 

1/4 tsp nutmeg

2 eggs

1 (15 oz ) can of pumpkin

1/2 cup of oil (I use olive oil)

1 tsp vanilla extract

**Set oven to 375 degrees. Put muffin liners in tin or spray.

Mix all dry ingredients together. Then add in the eggs  can pumpkin, oil, and vanilla. Mix well.

Put into muffin tins. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

These are so yummy. Chloe eats these for Breakfast for the whole week😀

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day🧡

Unschooling Has Helped Her Sleep Issues😊

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Good Morning

This week I may be posting more often. Sometimes I just have more to say. Lol

I have been 100% Unschooling Chloe for 2 weeks now. Guess what….she is sleeping!! Not just sleeping,  but sleeping all night and later in the morning. It has been wonderful ☺

I think she enjoys our days being more relaxed. She does not like being rushed or overly busy. I noticed during her worksheet phase she would ask for more and more. She would blow through them and then seemed overwhelmed.  I just wasn’t happy with the whole scenario. 

This past weekend we went to the Dollar Tree. I had her pick a few workbooks she could do for fun. Monday morning I caught her at the table working on the Alphabet one. She spent a whole hour on it. I also laid out play dough, blocks and a stringing activity for her. She does the activities at her own pace. It has really made for better days. She is less fidgety and sleeps more soundly. Yippee 😀

UNSCHOOLING RULES!

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day💚