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Gifted and Talented? [Feb. 11th, 2009|09:53 pm]
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Hi, does anyone have any experience of having their child on the Gifted and Talented register??

My 5 year old is on this which means he is classed as having Special Educational Needs and I just wondered whether anyone has any experience of how this works in practice??

I'm actually on the verge of qualifying as a primary school teacher and so I know all the theory around this (I'm also currently teaching in my son's school so I also have the added advantage of being able to talk to his teachers daily) but I'm interested in a parent's perspective.

The school are fantastic at providing challenging oportunities for my son and they elected him to the Pupil Council, giving him a lot of responsibility for a child of his age, because that's what he needs. He's working at Key Stage One level even though he's still in Foundation, so I know he's being academically stretched to his potential. I would really like to hear from anyone who has any experience or knowledge of this as a parent ...


Very proud mother :o)
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(no subject) [Feb. 11th, 2009|02:31 pm]
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[I am feeling |pissed offpissed off]

I am raging mad!! I was at a friends house this afternoon and asked her to hold Lucy while I went to the toilet.

When I came back in the room she was holding a white chocolate button in her mouth!!!

I grabbed it off her and told her she was far too young, my "friend" laughed and said oh it's only a little taste, it won't do her any harm ?!

Lucy is only 17 weeks old! I am so annoyed, I've worked so hard to make her an exclusively breastfed baby so of course I'm now sitting here wondering if she swallowed any of it and if it's going to have ruin her 'virgin gut'.

My friend thinks I over reacted but I don't, I wouldn't give anybody's baby/child something without asking, no matter what age they were! She knew Lucy hadn't started any solids and that I wasn't planning to start her on them anytime soon.

What do you think, how would you feel if someone gave your 4 month old a chocolate button ?

x posted to classy_bird 
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(no subject) [Oct. 12th, 2008|12:28 pm]
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anyone used a nasal aspirator? are they any help/good?
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2008|10:13 pm]
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theo is 10 weeks now but has been showing signs of teething since day 1 and now he appears to be actually cutting his firts tooth, cue much upset and angst! has anyone been in this situation? what did you do? any tips? am loathe to give him anything at all with him being so young so more looking at ways to soothe him (and general sympathy!) he loves to chew on stuff, fingers mainly, but gets much frustrated as he doesnt yet have the motor skills to hold anything in his mouth, poor baby!
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Cars [Aug. 2nd, 2008|05:07 pm]
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If anyone's at a loss for something to do and has any disney pixar 'cars' fans (& live in greater manchester or bristol) you may want to take you lil one along to:

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more of a rant than anything [Jul. 7th, 2008|10:54 am]
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i'm so annoyed, i put my sons name down for the local pre- school when he was around 18 months i opted for afternoons and then about a week later changed my mind to mornings but was told it would be fine as i was early on the list, as its a first come first served basis.

so now hes supposed to start in september i get a letter saying the induction is tommorrow for the afternoon children, so i rang and explained and they said they'd ring back cos the right person wasnt there but they didnt, repeat, repeat, etc. finally manage to get them today, oh the right womans been hear all week dunno why they said she wasnt and it turned out theres nothing they can do abut it now mustve been a mix up but the mornings are now full.

same thing happened to someone else i know from toddler groups etc so i mention this on the phone to the school and she says well yes it did happen to one other lady and shes had hers swapped she was on the phone everyday, i said well what about the first come first served thing, and they replied well she was the one who shouted the loudest?! how annoying is that, i tried to be polite and do the right thing but if i'd been rude i'd've got what i wanted!

so i'm fuming. i've kept his afternoon place there just in case any morning kids drop out but definitely dont want afternoons as it means you cant do anything with your day ever, i'm going to have to keep him at the nursery he is at now which he loves but and its passed all its ofsted and stuff etc but its not a school type place and he thinks hes going to school after summer and is very excited! plus its so much further away whereas the school is very close and i am due to give birth next week so will have a tiny baby come september grrrrr!

sorry, rant over,

oh plus does that mean he wont be guaranteed an actual school place come sept 2009, because there'll already be 40 kids with automatic places!

i never thought i'd be one of these type of moaning mummys!
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phonics [Jun. 29th, 2008|02:00 pm]
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could anyone recommend any books about phonics? my little boy is 3 and i have been teaching him alphabet as in A-ah B-buh C-cuh, eh is for elephant etc and its just come to my attention that this isnt what they do in schools anymore is it? i dont want to teach him he way i learned and then him get to school and be confused? anyone shed any light on this situation?
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(no subject) [May. 27th, 2008|11:32 pm]
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Just quickie to thank everyone who commented on my last post. My initial reaction was to put Vaseline on to protect the skin, help it heal and to provide a 'taste' that would make him aware he's doing it so it was nice to hear that others have addressed this issue with similar methods :) Dh wasn't sure of my thinking at first but he's now come round and after only one night and one day of Vaseline, ds's skin is already looking better.
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Toilet training advice required please [Sep. 4th, 2007|09:30 am]
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I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about the transition from potty to toilet for girls??

When I trained my son, it was so easy to get him to use the toilet (he actually preferred it to the potty right from the start) because he could just stand up to pee.

My daughter has just learned (2 yrs 6 mths) to stay dry during the day but we're struggling to get her to use a toilet and unfortunately her pre-school won't use potties - they have adult-sized toilets with a step and toilet seat! I have voiced my dissatisfaction at this of course but that's the way it is apparently!

Anyway, anyone got any thoughts/ideas/experiences to share?? We're worried that the necessity for using a toilet is going to undo all the hard work that has gone into getting her dry!

Also - has anyone else had a child go dry at night as soon as they've been potty trained? I know of a few children locally (all girls interestingly) who have done this and I remember thinking it was pretty amazing at the time! My daughter has had dry pull-ups every morning since she was dry during the day and we're hoping that this means she's learned to control her bladder whilst asleep! Perhaps because she was toilet trained a bit older?? It hasn't been long (just under a week) but it has been consistent! Here's hoping! Her brother who is almost 4 toilet trained at 2 yrs 4 mths and is still not dry at night!
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I hope this is allowed [May. 14th, 2007|10:10 pm]
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Please delete if this is not allowed. I won't be offended but I couldn't see any mention of it in the rules :)

I've just set up a community on Livejournal for people specifically in the UK who practice attachment parenting, or any part of it really, you don't have to be a dedicated attached parent, you might just co-sleep, or you might just use slings.

I'm not a big fan of the phrase "attachment parenting" but I can't think of any thing to replace it yet!

We have a few members now and I'd love to see some more.

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