Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
That is what happens when you wake up at 2am and then biggest sister walks you around the neighborhood.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
As I work in rural counties I come across a lot of things. This time of year the cotton fields are white and ready to be harvested. Cotton can mean a lot to different people in Alabama. For some it is a respected crop to grow and to others it is a symbol of slavery. I am going to keep it simle. As I gaze at a cotton field and hold a fresh picked piece in my hand I will be greatful for a plant that keeps me in jeans, warms me at night, and wraps my baby's bottom when needed.....
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
|There is Mayah and Sharon!!!|
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Homemade Hearing Screener for Toddlers
Bucket of dry real leaves or store bought silk leaves
Small metal bell
CD of animal and environmental sounds (sounds such as snakes slithering, rain falling, and wind blowing)
Small stones or pebbles
Empty water bottle with top
Glass or porcelain bowl
This screener is best used in a child’s natural environment when they are in a good mood. Try to avoid naptime or when the child is hungry. Allow the child to play and set up your items out of his reach at first. Make sure the room is quiet and there are minimal distractions. Start exposing the child to one sound at a time. There is no particular order in which to offer each sound. No more than 3 feet away from the child drop leaves into a large plastic bowl or bucket. Try to do this where the child cannot see you. Watch for any response. This can include a look up, a glance toward the noise, a “thinking” look on the child’s face, a “questioning” look on the child’s face, or a verbal response such as the child saying, “What’s that?” At this age a lot of children are verbal yet not using a lot or any words. Any response can show that the child can hear the sound. Next, ring a small metal bell. Remember to not let the child see you do this. Try not to let your own body language give away the “answer”. Scratch on a piece of sandpaper. Follow the same procedure as above. Drop small pebbles or rocks (those decorative ones from the Dollar Tree work really well) into a glass container one at a time. Let there be at least 3 seconds in between each drop. Repeat with at least 5 rocks. Repeat this with a plastic bowl. Do this same exercise with the dry rice and dried beans. With the rice and beans you can dribble them into the containers. Place some of the dried rice (no more than 10 grains) into a small empty water bottle. Gently tilt the bottle from side to side. This should make a sound similar to a “rain stick”. You can repeat this with the beans. With the paper crinkle it slowly into a loose ball. Open it up slowly and repeat. You can use different weights of paper like tissue paper, newspaper, wrapping paper, or magazine paper. Regular computer paper works fine. Using the CD of animal and environmental sounds is optional. It is best used in a group setting such as circle time or at home with siblings listening too. Keep the volume down fairly low. Listen to a sound and stop the recording. Ask everyone what they think it is. Listen to it again. Look to see if the child you are evaluating is trying to listen or just mimicking his friends. Listen to different sounds and label them by telling the children what they are listening to. Start over with sounds they have already heard and look for reactions. Mark down the reactions of the child you are screening with this activity and all of the above activities. If the child did not react to at least half of the sounds a referral to an audiologist for a full range hearing evaluation may be warranted.
You can record your findings on a homemade chart or just write them up in narrative form like a story. Remember to only document what you actually observe. Try not to write what you “think” the child heard. Try to stay away from saying “it looked like he heard something”. Instead write exactly what you see such as. “He raised his head from the book he was looking at and looked around and up at me”.
This screening procedure is not meant to replace a screener from a child’s pediatrician or an examination from an audiologist. If there are any further concerns please contact the doctor for a full hearing evaluation.
Created by Susan Betke, MAE ECE
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
|Kids getting all muddy. I joined them....|
|Pine needles collected for smudges|
|The water was so clear I could pick out which stones I wanted to pick out.|
|Buck Creek clear and full after tropical storm Lee|
(The rest of the kids were at their dad's house for the weekend.he
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
What do you make? Thanks to wonderful local beadmaker (she made the mama bead) I am able to make these lovely mama beads. I use this one that I made especially for me in mediation and to provide me with grounding and strength. Check out my Etsy site to order your own.....
Tropical storm Lee dropped a lot of rain on us this week. The kids had to play outside even though the temperature has dropped. I am so ready for Fall this year!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
On the way home I talked to Lyn about the law of three. I asked her how much money was in the wallet we found. It was $2.00. I asked her how much was left? $6.00 and a platter.... I told her some people would have taken the $2.00 and thrown the wallet away or taken the $2.00 and then called the family or turned the wallet over to someone else to handle.
I asked Lyn to count how many people were affected positively by us finding the wallet. She came up with at least 5. The mom, the teenager, the potter, herself, and me. I reminded her of even more like, the teenager's friends he tells the story to and the mom's friends and family and all of you that read my blog. Now that is the power of three!!!!
Friday, September 2, 2011
toilet paper (any brand)
Ivory soap (grated)
kids and / or adults that want to squish and mix everything together. If you are afraid of cotton (you know who you are) stay away from this activity or adapt as needed!! :)
Just keep adding the ingredients to your liking till you get the consistency you want. I like it thick. Some like it squishy and runny. I know, it sounds like fun. The best thing of all is that the kids end up clean and smelling like soap. The whole house can end up smelling that way!!
It can be saved in a Ziploc bag or plastic container or you can just make more!!!!