Life

Part 2 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis, Suspected Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease: Nearly two years after giving birth and I continued the battle to be heard.

It's Complicated I'm finding it gradually harder to write about my experience with Postpartum Thyroiditis, namely because I am no longer postpartum. It’s been over twenty-four months since I gave birth to my daughter, and my health has still not fully recovered. The weight of the information in my head, my exhaustion from my ever-changing… Continue reading Part 2 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis, Suspected Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease: Nearly two years after giving birth and I continued the battle to be heard.

Life

85 affirmations for coping with a thyroid problem: When my body and mind were at their weakest, I had to be my strongest and this is what I told myself.

Hypnobirthing and positive affirmations Before I gave birth to my daughter I practiced hypnobirthing and a part of this was to recite positive thoughts and affirmations. I littered the walls of our house with affirmations in preparation for birth, giving little thought to their usefulness beyond. Postpartum Thyroiditis Three months following the birth of my… Continue reading 85 affirmations for coping with a thyroid problem: When my body and mind were at their weakest, I had to be my strongest and this is what I told myself.

Loves

Adopting a Cat: Things to consider before introducing a furry feline friend to your home.

In recent months we lost a lovely cat - Nutmeg, who we adopted from the RSPCA. This was the first time we had ever homed a cat and Nutmeg quickly became a big love of mine. Before adopting a cat we took lots of practicalities into consideration, having the added responsibility of a pet was… Continue reading Adopting a Cat: Things to consider before introducing a furry feline friend to your home.

Learning

Another Top 10 Supply Bag Books: 10 more books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)

After writing my first list of top 10 supply bag books, there were so many I was sad not to include, so here they are. Ten more books that provide a wealth of opportunity and lots of enjoyment when teaching and learning in the EYFS. When I travel around I try to carry books that… Continue reading Another Top 10 Supply Bag Books: 10 more books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)

Learning

Top Ten Supply Bag Books: My favourite books to promote a love of reading whilst covering (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)

I really struggled with this because my top 10 is really a top 20 (at least) but the 10 books below are always in my bag when I visit schools to teach in the EYFS. When I travel around I try to carry books that the children may not have read, that's the only reason… Continue reading Top Ten Supply Bag Books: My favourite books to promote a love of reading whilst covering (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)

Loves

Little Hens Cook Together: A fun class in Rochdale where children and toddlers, create, cook and enjoy freshly prepared food.

I was lucky enough to find this gem of a cooking class through a recommendation from a friend. Babe, (now 22 months) and I, attended a Little Hens holiday session and enjoyed it so much that we signed up for more. Like a perfectly prepared meal the 'Little Cooks' class brings fun and learning together… Continue reading Little Hens Cook Together: A fun class in Rochdale where children and toddlers, create, cook and enjoy freshly prepared food.

Life, Poems

Hashtag Mental Health

#Campaign. Frame, art in galleries on the wall showing men and women #feeling #meditating #mindfully practicing #affirmation and #gratitude. Prevent mental solitude, with monthly #wellbeing calendars in the loo #raising #awareness whilst having a poo. #poems #blogs hashtag hashtag #BREATHE. #TV documentaries #celebrities #talk and share, DM messages of #care Brexit impacts #mental #health #crisis.… Continue reading Hashtag Mental Health

Learning

Does the presence of male role models support boys with English as an additional language (EAL) to write in the Early Years? Sharing learning from an MA action research project

Sharing is learning I recently completed a Masters and, as part of this, an action research project. It was a lot of work, cost me a few pennies and is sat alone, in a desktop folder. I am going to try to share it here, the background, the research, the project and the outcomes. It… Continue reading Does the presence of male role models support boys with English as an additional language (EAL) to write in the Early Years? Sharing learning from an MA action research project

Loves

Musical Beginnings at Oldham Music Centre: A baby and toddler class that builds musical foundations and beyond. Get moving and shaking with song, sound and stories.

The baby scene Now, I was never going to be very good at the baby scene, (from what I knew it didn’t involve the pub or a dance floor) but following a difficult time post birth with postpartum thyroiditis, I found it especially tricky to find classes and groups that suited not only babe but… Continue reading Musical Beginnings at Oldham Music Centre: A baby and toddler class that builds musical foundations and beyond. Get moving and shaking with song, sound and stories.

Learning

Ask Big Questions, Get Big Answers: Creating a culture of questioning in the primary school classroom using the ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) approach, including stimulus ideas and useful resources.

Using the methodology Philosophy for Children (P4C) I had a mind-blowing moment, one of those little BIG things that drives you to teach. Having said that, this experience happened long before I qualified as a primary school teacher, but it stayed with me and inspired me to place questioning and enquiry at the heart of… Continue reading Ask Big Questions, Get Big Answers: Creating a culture of questioning in the primary school classroom using the ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) approach, including stimulus ideas and useful resources.