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Helping kids (and yourself) to start caring for the environment in teeny tiny easy steps ..

June 20, 2018 By Lime Tree Kids Family & Healthy Living comments
Helping kids (and yourself) to start caring for the environment in teeny tiny easy steps ..
Reduce , Reuse – Going plastic free with these simple swaps  - from a newbie.. 

Phasing out single use plastic bags is clearly the right thing for the environment, but its going to take some getting used to for people like myself and my family that are not big environmentalists or eco warriors but ARE interested in learning how we can make simple steps to help the environment and teach our children to do the same. 

From July 1st most states will have banned single use plastic bags and our local shops have done this for the last few months as a trial for Coles. It's taught me that there are some simple steps we can take  to help the environment and that are not too overwhelming but that also have opened my eyes up to the waste that single use plastic really is .   

Since using the reuseable shopping bags my son and I have started talking more about the environment , about the animals that are affected by humans and their plastic , about how there are only limited resources in the world and that we all need to take steps (even small ones) to assisting in keeping where we live on this planet a cleaner place.  
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10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class.

April 18, 2018 By Shelley - Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog & Special Needs comments
10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class.

10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class. 

I have a fair amount of experience in finding useful ideas and products to help use up all that excess energy in class. 

Some kids just NEED to move in order to concentrate. Sounds stupid right?  I’m not just talking about kids diagnosed with ASD, ADHD or any medically diagnosed disorder either.  Kids with sensory issues, hyper-vigilant children, anxious children all benefit from using fidget tools.

My philosophy is that the things we do for kids with learning difficulties / disorders and special needs are usually just best practice for typically developing kids.

Physical activity, like rolling on the classroom floor during mat time, chewing gum, chewing pencils etc area all ways that kids find to naturally self soothe and or stimulate themselves into being able to boost cognitive performance. They can also unfortunately annoy and distract the rest of the class.    What we want though is kids to recognise and be able to support these movements in a less distracting way so teachers and students can get on with the day without the outbursts or huge energy surges some kids provide. 

When my son was small (I mean like 2) he had SO much energy I couldn’t keep up. He woke up and was on the go, but not actually achieving anything he started because he had moved on to the next.  At an older age when you expect children to be able to sit at the table and eat their dinner he couldn’t do this, he just couldn’t stay sitting in his chair.  There were so many other circumstances, but this isn’t about just Sam – this is about the other thousands of kids that can benefit from a few simple tools. 

When children are jumping up and down , jumping on chairs , diving under tables , or even just unable to sit without distracting someone on the mat at floor time  it’s usually when the task at hand is demanding , boring to them or something they just do not grasp the subject being taught .  They must move in order to boost their attention or to perk up and not fall asleep.  

Researchers say that children with ADHD or who generally can not concentrate and stay still are unable to modulate their arousal systems efficiently, and movement helps them compensate for that deficit.  Sometimes they are over aroused by irrelevant information

(And what DON’T kids find irrelevant information cause they know EVERYTHING – am I right??)  And other times they are under aroused (aka BOOOOOORRRRED).. 

About 11 percent of all children between the ages of 4 and 17 have ADHD, making it difficult for them to pay attention and control impulsive behavior, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.  With a few simple tweaks and tools though these kids can go on to enjoy school and learn.  PLUS stop driving the teachers and other kid crazy !! 

The top 10 strategies or products I have learned through research and trial and era for use in the classroom or kindy are listed below. Remember these can be used on children with a diagnosis or any child that may benefit.. You’ll know if it may be your child that could benefit or not !! 


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Raising a Highly Sensitive Child

April 4, 2018 By Shelley - Lime Tree Kids Mumma Lime Tree Mumma Blog & Special Needs comments

    THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE CHILD 

 

My little girl is what would be classed by many as a highly sensitive child .. And that’s ok..  it’s who she is I’m learning. 
A Highly sensitive child is one of the 15 to 20% of children born with a nervous system that is constantly on high alert, making her quick to react to everything around her.  The smallest of changes, conscientious behaviour and quickness to grasp subtle changes are features.  Highly sensitive children are also easily (and I mean easily) overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, any sudden change and also the emotional distress of those surrounding them. They move and flow with the vibe in the room and are affected deeply by it.

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What are Eco Toys?

March 9, 2018 By Shelley Mason Baby, Children, Play & Product FAQ's comments
What are Eco Toys?

I’ve been in business selling wooden toys and educational toys for 8 years now.  When I first started I knew I loved wooden toys. There weren’t really many around and they were difficult to find.   Thankfully now there are loads around in shops everywhere , but processes vary so much and the word ECO FRIENDLY TOY is thrown around so much – I've been wondering what REALLY makes a toy 'eco friendly' .  What do all these words mean – sustainable wood , FSC certified , non toxic etc. ?

You would be forgiven for believing that any type or brand of wooden toys is a safer option for your children to be playing with as opposed to plastic toys, as wood is a natural material, but… not all wooden toys are created equal and we parents need to be very aware of this. 

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Wooden toys for all ages

March 5, 2018 By Shelley Mason Baby, Children & Play comments
Wooden toys for all ages

Wooden toys make a terrific addition to any toyroom.  Whilst I do believe that almost any toy is an educational toy, I prefer wood to plastic for a few reasons.

Wooden toys are generally extremely durable and safe , are not only colourful and fun to play with but encourage a child to explore their senses and imagination. 

I love the feel of wooden toys and the smell and texture is something that can not be replaced.  Its an impulse for me to smell a wooden toy and the difference in quality and feel is obvious.  I often find myself doing it when we get in new stock at the warehouse , it’s a sensory feeling that evokes a sense of calm and fun in me and I catch my kids doing it too and have a  giggle. 

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