How to support our children during the term to reduce the likelihood of task avoidance, sensory shut down and overwhelming feelings.
At Jump Up Outdoors there is a hill. The Hill is the quickest but not the easiest path to our play area and to the ovals and paddocks where we venture to explore. The Hill is steep, has loose dirt coupled with patches of long grass.
Waiting anywhere with children can be a challenge, particularly if there is an expectation that they will be quiet. Often it is tempting to pull out the ever popular tablet or phone which is a sure fire way to keep little people busy and quiet (until it’s time to ask them to stop & put it away). We are all increasingly aware though of how much time our children can end up in front of screens throughout the day and that this can have a significant negative impact on development of motor skills, social skills, mental health and ability to regulate energy levels and pay attention.
Whether your children are up at the crack of dawn or you have to drag them kicking and screaming from bed, getting ready for school is a busy time of the day. It can be tempting to pop on a screen to give yourself time (& peace!) to get through ALL those things that need to be done before getting out the door.
Here they are … the long awaited summer holidays. A time to rest, replenish and revive our minds, bodies and souls.
Many of us are eagerly counting the days until the long summer holidays. Longer days, great weather, trips to the beach, summer fruit and Christmas and New Years celebrations are certainly something to look forward to.
When we are at school, holding and controlling a pencil to write words and sentences is the most complex motor task we will have to learn. Learning to use a relaxed, efficient pencil grip can make the world of difference in the amount and quality of writing, not to mention th…
If you’ve read my previous blogs or visited our Jump Up Outdoors program then you know I am a big fan of children playing with sticks. Today I’d like to focus on a different type of sticks to the ones I usually mention… pick up sticks.
I remember as a child in primary school, one of my favourite forms of writing was to write “The day in the life of a…..” stories. I authored many a classic tale, such as “A Day in the Life of a Coin” or “A Day in the Life of a Shoe.” So today, it brin…
Not long ago, I asked our Jump Up For Kids community to share their stories of their Covid19 experience. I had asked people to share the good, the bad and the ugly and we got it. Actually we got the bad and the ugly. Which has left me pondering for a week what to do about thi…
This ‘school at home, online’ gig is tough, there is no doubt about it! Many of us have children in different grades studying so many different things. Some of us have children who need additional support when learning. All of us are in uncharted territory and on one of the steepest learning curves of our lives.