Saturday, 30 November 2013

Everyday is a Rainbow Day...

Ella has always had a keen desire to learn. I feel massively responsible to nurture this wonderful trait and provide lots of opportunity for her to learn new things, introduce her to new experiences and (probably most importantly) allow her to use the skills and understanding she has already.   

My lovely friend and primary school teacher Suzanne recently helped me to create a 'weather station' for the girls.  I wanted to help Ella learn about different weather -she knows most of the signs, understands hot/cold and knows when it's raining/sunny etc so I wanted to put her knowledge to good use by creating something with pictures and a process for her to follow.  I knew a pictorial way of displaying this would enhance her understanding (Children with Down's Syndrome are visual learners) and allow her to choose and display the appropriate picture to match the weather she sees outside.


We included all the common weather elements and Ella is still enjoying 'doing the weather' a few weeks later.  

She is getting the idea of the exercise now but I still have to prompt her and simplify the process slightly. I've found that giving her a choice of two or three pictures to choose from rather than all of them helps her and generally she can pick the appropriate picture to match the weather outside.



However, most days after we've picked and displayed the correct weather picture, some time later I notice that mysteriously the 'rainbow' picture will have been stuck in its place instead... 

Maybe it's just her favourite picture but I like to think that maybe, to Ella, everyday is a rainbow day. 

Seems a good way to view the world to me xx

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Happy Birthday Ella xx

Very busy 3 year old... wouldn't stay still for any photos!  



Birthday post coming soon after the weekend's celebrations with family xx


Now you are three xx

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Bedtime adventures of Ella & Cat...

Ella's always been so good at going to bed, getting herself to sleep and on the whole sleeping through til morning. 

Her bedtime routine has remained pretty much the same since she was around 6 months old; bath, drink, brush teeth, book and a chat, lights out, sleep...

Then a few weeks ago when she started to act up at bedtime, this was a whole new experience for us to deal with. Whether this change was due to the recent leap in her development, her pushing boundaries (age 2!) or if she thought bedtime was suddenly a game, who knows?

So, all of a sudden bedtimes began to go something like this: bath, drink, teeth, book and a chat, lights out.... Then the fun begins... 

Just as whichever of us has put her to bed sinks wearily onto the sofa you hear her bedroom door opening and the unmistakeable 'shuffle-shuffle' of her walking across the landing in her sleeping bag.  We sit and look at each other, waiting for it... and there it is, a 'thud', closely followed by 'oh-no' or 'mummy/daddy'.  Whichever of us heads for the stairs to usher her back to bed, is greeted with...

the aforementioned 'thud' - hurled over the stair gate with purpose!

Followed by...

This can go on for some time before she finally stays in her bed and falls asleep, by which time we're pretty worn out too from running up and down the stairs so many times!...  To be honest, she absolutely cracked me up - to the point where I'd get half way up the stairs, take one look at her and then have to send daddy up as I couldn't stop laughing... 

Daddy was not amused, by either of us. I'm going to have to work on my poker face.


I am pleased to say, after 2-3 weeks of disrupted bedtimes, things seem to have returned to normal.  For now, anyway!


Partners in crime...

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Sister Act...(Sisters #2)

Ella's become really wary of the camera (once again) and isn't up for having her photo taken at the moment.  I've tried a few times to get a picture of Ella and Lucy together, that's half decent and finally managed it yesterday.... 

Have some bubbles Lucy

No, I won't stand still...

Getting bored now

AAAaaaaaagggghhhh!!!!!

Eventually...





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