Education Ideas – Learning Resources

Education Ideas – Learning Resources

Education Ideas

Goodness our lives have been turned upside down and inside out since I last wrote a blog for you all and we now find ourselves in very uncertain times.  Life as we know it has ground to a halt and things are changing on a daily basis.   Last night brought the annuncement that as of Friday all schools in the UK will close for an undefined length of time.   So on top of the panic and anxiety this virus has brought us we are all now wondering how we are going to educate and entertain our children whilst trying to maintain our work commitments from our make shift home offices.

 

Whilst I don’t have all the answers I thought I would a) share my plan with you all and b) list the education ideas via online resources I have found so far.   Whilst all will not be relevent to every family hopefully there will be something useful for everyone.  Perhaps you could add your ideas to the comments and continue to spread the support. 

DIsplayed above is my draft timetable ready for next week.  My children are of secondary school age and I am expecting teachers to be setting work via the school Virtual Learning Enviroment which both my girls can access and work on independently.  My hope is that I will be able to use this time to maintain my own work commitments whilst supervising their independant work.   Those of you with younger children might need to shorten the length of the structured learning blocks as 90 minutes will be too long for their little brains.    I have a lot of outside time listed on my timetable.  This is because I want to get outside as much as possible whilst we are still able too.  Those of you that have been to the studio or followed my journey will know that I am a big runner and also that I own 2 crazy dogs so exercise is a big part of family life.  When I shared my draft plan with my 13 year old this morning her first question was ‘where is my run time?’  I’m so glad that my fitness has rubbed off on her and so ‘break’ time may be extended if she chooses to use that time to go for a run.  

I have suggested to my girls that if we work hard to achieve the structured learning set by school then we can take Fridays off as extra Family time.  Whilst I want to keep routine for the girls and myself  and try and maintain their education,  I really want to take the opportunity to spend extra quality time with them and strengthen our relationships, thus gaining some positive out of this challenging time. 

Education Ideas –  Resources

 

Below I have listed a range of resources  I have found for a variety of age groups that may help parents with education ideas or fun activities to keep their children entertained.

 

Go Noddle – This is an App that was reccommended to me when myself and the children participated in RED January.  It has a range of fun dance routines to encourage movement and getting active.  Perfect for wet days when we can’t get out for a walk or when restrictions become even tighter.  When looking at my time table this morning  my 12 year old immediately mentioned the App when she noticed that I had added ‘fitness’ to the instructions for break.

 

Cosmic Yoga – A You Tube channel that uses yoga for interactive story telling.  A great way to get kids active and enhance their imagination.

 

Twinkl – Has education ideas in the form of printable resources ranging from Early years to secondary school and I believe they are offering 1 month free to support parents during the pandemic so get downloading quick.

 

Outschool – Allows you to access group learning via an online enviroment.  There are learning enviroments for children aged 3 – 18 in a range of subject matters.

 

Virtual Museum tours – I love the look of this and my 13 year old will no doubt spend hours exploring.  This article includes links to 12 famous museums from around the world that provide virtual tours.  To support the virtual tours here is a resource with free colouring pages of museum artifacts.

 

Dragon box – An app to support learning of Maths for all ages.

 

World Geography Games – online quizes looking at captial cities / flags of the world and other geography related questions. 

 

Teacher Monster – Perfect for younger learners.  It expores phonics through reading games.

 

I am sure that there are hundreds of other great Education Ideas for learning online and I’d love if you could share your children’s favourites in the comments below.  Helping each other out during these difficult times is so important so please do get sharing and Happy learning.  

 

Marie  

 

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Gift Ideas for Mothers day – Photoshoot ideas

Gift Ideas for Mothers day – Photoshoot ideas

Top Photography Gift Ideas Mothers Day

Mothers Day is fast approaching, 22nd March 2020 is just 10 days away so if you haven’t organised a gift for your lovely Mum or for your amazing wife (on behalf of your small children) then this is the list for you.  Below are my top photography gift ideas for mothers day.  

1.  First up the stunning Mummy and Me Mini sessions.  These are a wonderful short photoshoot to celebrate the love between a Mother and her children.  Suitable for boys and girls of all ages these are all inclusive sessions include a choice  of 2, 5, 0r 10 digial images.

2.  A family Photoshoot is a wonderful opportuinty to spoil Mum with a family portrait.  In general, when photos are taken on holiday or day trips I bet Mum is the one to capture the picture?  So there a plenty of photos of Dad and the children but few which include Mum.  I’m sure Mum would love to have the oppurtunity to be included in a wonderful family photo.

3.  My beautiul Bluebell Mini sessions take plance in April and are really popular for those looking for a more relaxed family photoshoot.  Sessions take place in the heart of the countryside within the Bluebell woodland and are ideal for ‘ of children or those with Furbabies. 

4.  Maybe you want to spoil a Mummy to be who is expeccting her first baby.  In which case a Maternity photoshoot, or Bump to Baby Package would be idea.  I chance to record her pregancy, her journey to motherhood.  Pregnancy is a special time and capturing it on camera is wonderful.  My own children love looking at photos of me when I was pregnant with them.

5.   Alternatively for the expectant Mum or new Mum a Newborn Photoshoot of their new precious bundle.  The newborn phase is so fleeting and new mums are often tired and drained duing this time so a wonderful gift of newborn photography is a perfect gift to ensure the special time is recorded.

I hope that you are now full equipped to spoil Mum on the 22nd March and I hope she has an amazing Mothers Day.

If you would like further details regarding the gift ideas for mothers day or the photography services at Slice of Life Photography then please do pop me a message via the form below.  

Marie

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Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016
5 great mothers day gift ideas

5 great mothers day gift ideas

5 Great mothers day gift ideas

Mothers Day is fast approaching, 22nd March 2020 is just 2 weeks away so if you haven’t organised a gift for your lovely Mum or for your amazing wife (on behalf of your small children) then this is the list for you.  Below are my top mothers day gift ideas supporting local businesses in the area.

1.  First up is ensuring Mum takes time to relax and unwind.  To quote Fern from  TruYou ‘sometimes the most productive thing you can do is..relax’.  And this is so true.  As a busy working mum I know all to well how often we forget to stop and take care of ourselves.  Fern offers a range of treatments from facials, manicures and massages, all great mothers day gift ideas to encourage Mum to stop and take time out for herself.

2.  Every woman loves a pampering and I know most love to take a relaxing bath by candlight or unwind in the evening with some scented candles glowing.  Why not check out Anne Green a local Partylite consultant who has some great mothers day gift ideas to offer.  The springtime bloosom tea light holder looks perfect for the bathroom. 

3.  Most woman love to put on a touch of make up to help them feel amazing.  Maybe your Mum wears it every day or like me only when I want a little boost.  Either way Jade our local Younique consultant will have just the right mothers day gift to show her how much you love her.  Her March customer Kudos offer includes everything a mum might need. 

4.  Sammy from Sammaras – jewellery makes amazing timeless silver jewellery and lets face it what woman doesn’t love a bit of sparkle? So any of her pieces are perfect mothers day gift ideas.  I absoulate love the look of the Luna ring and may just have to treat myself one.

5.  And finally. One thing I have noticed from all the families that visit me in the studio is that Mums comment on how they are always the one to snap the photos at home and all they have in terms of pictures that include them and their children are fun, silly selfies.  So why not fix this and spoil mum with a photoshoot here at Slice of Life Photography.  I offer lots of different sessions that would make perfect mothers day gift ideas, maybe a family shoot to include Dad too, or a wonderful Mummy and Me Mini session to capture their unique bond and love that exists only between a mother and her child.  Alternatively a Bluebell mini session is a great way to capture the whole family in the beautiful english countryside and would also make a wonderful gift.   Gift vouchers are also available if you would like her to choose the session type for herself.  

I hope that you are now full equipped to spoil Mum on the 22nd March and I hope she has an amazing Mothers Day.

If you would like further details regarding the photography services at Slice of Life Photography then please do pop me a message via the form below.  

Marie

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Slice of Life Photography

Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016
Stages of Labour and Birth

Stages of Labour and Birth

Stages of Labour and birth  

 

The stages of  labour are a natural process. Lets have a look at what to expect during the three stages of labour  and what you can do to support your comfort.

 

Every mothers labour is unique and special, even from one pregnancy to the next.  Sometimes the stages of labour can take just a few hours, in other cases, labour can last a couple of days.  You won’t know how labour and childbirth will unfold until it happens. You can prepare, however, by understanding the typical sequence of events.

Stage 1: Early labour and active labour

 

 The first stage of labour begins when you start to feel regular contractions.  Contractions  cause the cervix to open (dilate) and soften, shorten and thin (effacement).  This allows your baby to move into the birth canal.  The first stage is the longest of the three stages of labour  and it’s actually divided into two phases of its own — early labour (latent phase) and active labour.

Early labour

During early labour, your cervix dilates and effaces. You’ll feel mild, irregular contractions.

As your cervix begins to open, you might notice a clear, pink or slightly bloody discharge from your vagina.  This is likely the mucus plug that blocks the cervical opening during pregnancy.

For first-time mums, the average length of early labour varies from hours to days. It’s often shorter for second or third deliveries.

Until your contractions increase in frequency and intensity, it’s up to you how you manage early labour.  For many women, early labor isn’t particularly uncomfortable. Try to stay relaxed, you could:

  • Go for a walk
  • Take a shower or bath
  • Listen to relaxing music
  • Try breathing or relaxation techniques taught in childbirth class
  • Change positions

Your midwife will instruct you on when to leave for the hospital.  If your water breaks or you experience significant vaginal bleeding, call your midwife right away.

 

Active labour

During active labour, your cervix will dilate from 6 centimeters to 10 cm. Your contractions will become stronger, closer together and more regular. Your legs might cramp, and you might feel nauseated.  You might feel your waters break and you may experience increasing pressure in your back.  If you haven’t headed to the hospital yet then now is the time.

If you want it ask for pain medication, your midwife will support you to make the best choice for you and your baby.

Active labour often lasts four to eight hours or more. On average, your cervix will dilate at approximately one centimeter per hour.

Unless you need to be in a specific position to allow for close monitoring of you and your baby, consider these ways to aid your comfort during active labour:

  • Change positions
  • Roll on a large rubber ball (birthing ball)
  • Take a warm shower or bath
  • Take a walk, stopping to breathe through contractions
  • Have a gentle massage between contractions
  • Try breathing and relaxation techniques to combat your growing discomfort. Use what you learned in childbirth class or ask your midwife for suggestions.

If you need to have a C-section, having food in your stomach can lead to complications. If your midwife thinks you might need a C-section,  she might recommend small amounts of clear liquids, such as water, ice chips, popsicles and juice, instead of a large, solid meal.

The final part of active labour can be particularly intense and painful. Contractions will come close together and can last 60 to 90 seconds. You’ll experience pressure in your lower back and rectum. Tell your midwife if you feel the urge to push.

If you want to push but you’re not fully dilated, your midewife might ask you to hold back.  Pushing too soon could make you tired and cause your cervix to swell, which might delay delivery. Pant or blow your way through the contractions.

Stage 2: The birth of your baby

 

You’ll deliver your baby during the second stage of labour.  It can take from a few minutes up to a few hours or more to push your baby into the world.  It might take longer for first-time mums and women who’ve had an epidural.

Your midwife will ask you to bear down during each contraction or tell you when to push.  Or you might be asked to push when you feel the need.   When you push, don’t hold tension in your face. Bear down and concentrate on pushing where it counts.  If possible, experiment with different positions until you find one that feels best.  You can push while squatting, sitting, kneeling — even on your hands and knees. 

At some point, you might be asked to push more gently or not at all.  Slowing down gives your vaginal tissues time to stretch rather than tear.  To stay motivated, you might ask to feel the baby’s head between your legs or see it in a mirror. 

After your baby’s head is delivered, the rest of the baby’s body will follow shortly.  His or her airway will be cleared if necessary and your midwife will then cut the umbilical cord.

Stage 3: Delivery of the placenta

 

After your baby is born, you’ll likely feel a great sense of relief.  You might hold the baby in your arms or on your abdomen.  Cherish the moment.  But a lot is still happening.  During the third stage of labour, you will deliver the placenta.

The placenta is typically delivered in five to 30 minutes, but the process can last as long as an hour.  You’ll continue to have mild contractions but they’ll be close together and less painful.  You’ll be asked to push one more time to deliver the placenta.  You might be given medication before or after the placenta is delivered to encourage uterine contractions and minimize bleeding. 

Your midwife will examine the placenta to make sure it’s intact.  Any remaining fragments must be removed from the uterus to prevent bleeding and infection. If you’re interested, ask to see the placenta.  After you deliver the placenta, your uterus will continue to contract to help it return to its normal size.

Your midwife will also determine whether you need stitches to repair any tears of your vaginal region.  If you don’t have anesthesia, you’ll receive an injection of local anesthetic in the area to be stitched.

By now your focus has likely shifted to your baby. You might be oblivious to what’s going on around you, relax, try breast-feeding your baby and enjoy your new precious bundle. 

The NCT have written a list of essential items to pack in your hospital bag.  Why not check it out here.   What to pack?

If you would like details regarding a maternity photoshoot then please follow the link below, alternatively you can contact me via the contact me form.

 

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Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

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Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

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Pregnancy 3rd trimester

Pregnancy 3rd trimester

Pregnancy 3rd trimester  

Welcome to a series of posts that will take you through the journey of pregnancy.  We will explore the changes your body will make during each trimester and how your baby is developing and growing.  If you are here I guess it is likely that your pregnancy journey has started and you want to be prepared for what lies ahead.  I hope that these features will go some way to preparing you for the next 9 months.

The final stage of pregnacy, the pregnancy 3rd trimester starts around 28 weeks and lasts until baby is delivered around 40 weeks.   30% of mother’s labours go over 40 weeks, and doctors will look to induce labour around 42 weeks if it has not began naturally.

What happens to you during the pregnancy 3rd trimester

 

As your round ligaments (which support your lower abdomen) stretch to accommodate your growing bump, you may feel cramps or sharp pain. There’s not much you can do other than take it easy.

You’ll feel more tired this trimester because of the demands  that pregnancy is putting on your body. Eat well, little and often and stay active if you can.

In the last few weeks of pregnancy, your uterus will push your stomach and its contents upward, causing persistent Heartburn.

You will begin to experience Brazton Hicks contractions.  Your body’s way of preparing for labor, you’ll start to feel these irregular practice contractions now until real labor starts.

As the pregnancy hormone relaxin loosens your joints and your growing belly pulls your center of gravity forward, you may start to have an achy back, try to put your feet up when you can.

Thanks to pregnancy hormones, your dreams may be more vivid than ever as you near your due date.

Your hormones are on overdrive, your belly is throwing you off balance and you’re more forgetful than ever.

Your body’s warming up to feed your baby and you may begin to expeience leaky breasts.

 

Baby’s development during the 3rd trimester

 

Baby will get a whole lot larger in the third trimester, growing from about 2 1/2 pounds and 16 inches long in week 28 of pregnancy to between 6 and 9 pounds and 19 to 22 inches long in week 40. 

As your baby transforms cartilage to bone in months 7 and 8, he’ll be getting all of her calcium from you so make sure you consume plenty of calcium rich food and drinks. 

By week 32 of pregnancy, baby’s skin will become opaque. In week 36, fat continues to accumulate as your baby sheds his vernix (the waxy substance that protects his skin from your amniotic fluid) and lanugo (the hairy coat that keeps him warm in there).

In the final weeks of pregnancy, baby’s first poop (meconium) consisting mostly of blood cells, vernix and lanugo — starts to build up in baby’s intestines.

Your baby’s touch receptors will be fully developed around week 29. By week 31 of pregnancy, your baby will get signals from all five senses, he will be able to see light and dark, will taste what you eat and be able to hear the sound of your voice.  

In the third trimester your baby’s brain will grow faster than ever, test-driving some nifty skills including blinking, dreaming and regulating his own body temperature. 

Around week 34 baby’s body turns southward, settling into a heads-down, bottom-up position.  If your baby remains stubbornly in the breech positionyour doctor will likely attempt to manually turn baby around week 37.

Enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy and treasure your beautiful bump.  Rest up and relax as baby will be here before you know it.

If you would like details regarding a maternity photoshoot then please follow the link below, alternatively you can contact me via the contact me form.

 

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Slice of Life Photography

Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016