31 May 2007
IdentifyMe® is the place for all your I.C.E (in case of emergency) identification needs. Their fantastic lightweight and secure IdentiKids® children's ID wristbands and older children's WickID® give you peace of mind when you are out and about military style dog tags. They also have stunning and unique medical ID bracelets ideal for allergy sufferers, diabetics and those in need of medical ID with a great range of co-ordinating fashion jewellery! And if that wasn't enough they are also a leading supplier of custom printed wristbands, ideal for event management, admissions or for schools, nurseries and SureStarts - with very low minimum orders!
Two years ago IdentifyMe® conducted a national survey on parental attitudes towards "tagging" children. The results last time showed some very interesting statistics and now they are trying to find out whether they are providing solutions that help other parents give peace of mind. They also want to know if there is anything else we can do to help educate children who may become lost and also educate people who may find a lost child on what to do in this ever changing society that we live in. To take the survey Click Here.
Many of the people I'll feature are also friends on myspace - feel free to add me as your friend - http://www.myspace.com/littlesheeplearning if you want to network there!
30 May 2007
This lovely fabric Skills Book is great for practicing independent dressing skills. Tie up the shoelace, unzip and zip up the sleepsuit, undo and do up the poppers on the blouse, buckle and unbuckle the belt on the shorts,button and unbutton the shirt, practice pulling apart and sticking together the velcro on the glove and pressing and pulling apart the snapper on the purse.
The colour beanie bags set of 10 coloured bean bags (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, grey and brown) have the name of each colour stitched onto one side and are ideal for early colour recognition. Each bean bag measures approximately 10cm and can be stored conveniently in the drawstring cloth bag.
The shape beanie bags are a set of 8 shaped bean bags (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, star, oval, pentagon and hexagon) with the name of each shape stitched onto one side and are ideal for early shape recognition. Each bean bag measures approximately 10cm and can be stored conveniently in the drawstring cloth bag.
The number beanie bags set contains 20 bean bags with the name and number stitched on either side - ideal for a wide range of counting and number games. Each bean bag measures approximately 7cm and can be stored conveniently in the drawstring cloth bag.
We hope to be adding alphabet beanie bags in the future so do keep checking back for updates.
28 May 2007
27 May 2007
In 2002, The National Autistic Society (NAS) commissioned a small research project to better understand the special relationship between children with autism and Thomas & Friends. The research showed that for many children, Thomas has been a vital point of entry to the world of communication and play.
Since then, the NAS has worked closely with the Thomas & Friends brand and we are delighted to announce that donations raised through the partnership have just reached over £780,000!
To celebrate, they have launched a new research study on a larger scale to further explore the special connection between children with autism and Thomas.
To get involved, please complete the online questionnaire or call 020 7903 3648 for a telephone interview before Friday 8 June. As a thank you, all participants will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five family tickets for a 'Day out with Thomas'.
24 May 2007
23 May 2007
Want to be my friend on MySpace? Feel free to ask! I'm particularly interested in networking with other Work at Home Mums (WAHM), parents, parents of children with special educational needs and parents who home educate.
22 May 2007
They need everyone who lives in a local authority that has not yet signed up to take part in this action. The following local authorities HAVE already signed up: Cornwall; Devon; Dudley; Ealing; East Riding of Yorkshire; East Sussex; Enfield; Halton; Hertfordshire; Hull; Islington; Kingston upon Thames; Lambeth, Lincolnshire; Luton; Nottinghamshire; Solihull; Somerset; Southwark; Stockport; Sunderland; Telford and Wrekin; Tower Hamlets; Wokingham. PLEASE TAKE ACTION!
If your own local authority is NOT listed above:
- Please take part in our new action, by sending an email to the editor of your local newspapers.
- If you have not yet done so, you can also send an email direct to the Councillor with responsibility for children's services, who we want to sign the Charter.
If your own local authority IS listed above and has already signed up:
- Download our new supporter briefing which gives ideas on how to help make sure that the Charter commitments are delivered. All of these actions can be taken forward at http://www.edcm.org.uk/la_charter
If you have any questions about this action, or anything about the campaign, get in touch with the campaign team on 020 7843 6318 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information see: http://www.edcm.org.uk
The Time to Talk book contains activities to help Foundation Stage (Reception) and Key Stage 1 children gain access to the curriculum and develop friendships. School can be a frustrating and confusing experience for children who have not developed their communication skills and access to the curriculum may be difficult, as will developing co-operative skills and friendships. Written by the author of the best-selling Socially Speaking, Time to Talk has been developed to teach and develop oral language and social interaction skills to children aged 4-6. It contains 40 activity sessions, designed to take place 2 or 3 times a week, Time to Talk will help you teach and develop the 'rules' of interaction with the help of Ginger Bear who features in all the activities. The skills taught include: eye contact, turn taking, sharing, greetings, awareness of feelings, giving / following instructions, listening, attention and play skills.
The Time to Talk game is a fantastic board game that will teach and develop essential language and social skills to Foundation Stage (Reception) and Key Stage 1 children. The game is centred around Ginger Bear and is designed to complement the Time to Talk book. It is a fun and accessible way of helping younger children improve their communication skills and social interactions. Children have the opportunity to perform a variety of role-play activities, practice everyday actions and provide information about themselves. Through these enjoyable tasks they learn vital social skills including: listening, turn-taking, asking and answering questions, engaging in basic conversations, non-verbal communication, eye-contact and understanding feelings. Contains game board, 96 question cards, Ginger Bear toy, 4 Ginger Bear jigsaws, 4 playing pieces, die and teacher's notes
Finally the very cute and friendly Ginger Bear Puppet, will be an invaluable resource for all social, emotional and behavioural work with your child. It is ideal for use either on its own, or to accompany and enhance use of the Time to Talk book or game. Ginger Bear will encourage and develop a variety of social, communication and language skills such as turn-taking, active listening, role play and building friendships, and would be a popular addition to any classroom.
17 May 2007
If you are looking for a practice shoe don't forget that we have them here at Littlesheep Learning.
16 May 2007
The programme is effective for mainstream children aged 4-6 years, children with developmental co-ordination disorders and older children with mild to moderate learning difficulties. It contains over 400 carefuly graded exercises and activities develop hand-eye co-ordination, form constancy, spatial organization, figure-ground discrimination, orientation and laterality. The package consists of two workbooks and a handbook.
15 May 2007
Firstly - Treehugger Mums which is an online magazine, updated monthly with loads of articles on all aspects of pregnancy, parenting, green living - you name it! They also run an online shop which sells baby slings, cloth nappies, natural toiletries, eco-menstrual products. I write for them monthly generally providing seasonal craft ideas. My next article (currently in work progress) is on messy and not so messy Fathers Day Card ideas. So check back there and see what's new each month.
Secondly - Play Activities which provide a daily fun educational email for parents of under 5s and have a blog with practical and everyday play ideas and comment for under 5s. I'm still thinking about what to write there and not sure when it'll be up but in the meantime there are lots of activities there to keep your little ones out of mischief!
08 May 2007
Chelltune is the UK's first specialist baby signing store containing all the materials you need to get you babies and children signing. Owned by Michelle who holds a level three qualification in British Sign Language and is a communicator for Deaf people signing came naturally with her own (hearing) children. As well as the shop there is also a forum to discuss signing and ask any questions.
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provide relief as the world's largest humanitarian network, with activities and presence in more than 170 countries. The National Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent comprise more than 97 million members and volunteers - the world's largest volunteer force - assisting some 233 million beneficiaries each year. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield and to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day was born in 1922, just after World War I, when the Red Cross National Society in the Czech Republic proclaimed a three-day truce at Easter to promote peace. The idea behind the truce was to recognize one day every year during which the Red Cross would advocate for the relief of human suffering from disease and the humanity of seeing a world free from suffering due to war. 8th May, the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, was chosen to be that day and was called World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
See here for more information about the work of the British Red Cross
07 May 2007
The RNID are inviting you to take one simple step a day to help change the world. The steps include learning to fingerspell, improving your communication skills or taking part in our big sound check - check their website each day for the next step.
Activity Ideas for Children:
- Experiment with lip-reading: Some deaf people can watch your lips and understand what you are saying from the shapes your mouth makes. Try this with a friend, say a word without making a sound and see if your friend can guess what it was. Some words look the same, which ones?
- Practice Sign-Language: Some deaf people do not speak, instead they use British Sign Language (BSL). The words are made by making shapes with their hands. See if you can learn some simple signs or the fingerspelling alphabet.
- Face the person while you are speaking, don't turn away.
- Speak clearly without shouting.
- If the person can not understand you, don't give up! Write it down or draw a picture.
06 May 2007
The Omer period lasts for 49 days from Pesach to Shavout and through the years, the period has become identified with sad memories for Jews. Massacres occurred during the period of the Romans and later still during the Crusades, in the days of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the Jews - led by Bar Kochba - attemped to drive out the foreign oppressors from Judea. The revolt was unsuccessful and during the fighting thousands of Jews lost their lives. According to the Talmud, (Tractate Yevamot 62b), 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died in one short period, because "they did not show proper respect to one another!" as a result of a mysterious God-sent plague that raged during the days of the Omer counting. However on one day only, Lag B'Omer - Rabbi Akiva's pupils did not die. It was made into a festival in the middle of days of mourning that precede and follow it.
Lag B'Omer is celebrated with a day of outings and spending time outdoors. Weddings often take place as they are not permitted during the Omer.
02 May 2007
The festival is celebrated with much colour and fun. Homes may be cleaned and decorated. In Thailand, for example, special Wesak lanterns are made of paper and wood, and often there a large ceremonial releases of caged birds. In many countries during the festival, Buddhists will visit their local temple for services and teaching, and will give offerings to the monks of food, candles and flowers. Chanting and praying are an important part of Wesak. The 'Bathing the Buddha' ceremony is also often included. Water is poured over the shoulders of the Buddha and serves as a reminder to purify the mind from greed, hatred and ignorance. Gifts are taken to an altar to be offered to the Buddha statues. This shows respect and gratitude to the Buddha for his life and teachings. If there is food it is usually vegetarian as Buddhists try not to harm animals.
1 - May Day
1 - World Asthma Day
2 - Buddha Day / Wesak / Visakha Puja / Vaisakha May (full moon day)
4 - Birthday of Buddha
6 - Lag B'Omer (Jewish)
7 - May Day Bank Holiday
7 - International Dawn Chorus Day
7-13 Deaf Awareness Week
7-13 Red Cross Week (8 - World Red Cross Red Crescent Day)
9 - Europe Day
12 - World Fair Trade Day 2007
14 - 20 - National Allergy Week
17 - Acension Day (Christian)
21 - World Cultural Diversity Day
21 -25 - National Summer Walk to School Week
21 - 26 - Noise Action Week
21 - 27 - National Vegetarian Week
22/23 - Shavout (Jewish)
23 - World Turtle Day 2006
24 - European Day of Parks
27 - Pentencost / Whit Sunday
28 - Spring Bank Holiday
31 - World No Tobacco Day