My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William

Friday, September 12, 2008


Show and Tell

Another Finished Project!

This is actually one I'd marked off my list thinking I'd never get it done and we didn't REALLY need it anymore....I was wrong.

I dropped the boys off at school last Fri. Gator-boy's teacher stopped and talked to me for about 15min.

Apparently his sensory integration problems are manifesting again and he's having a hard time being still for Circle Time.

Circle Time is a new task for him as his class last year was a good deal less structured.

So, I racked my brain to remember the things I used last year when we had trouble with him in church; one was WEIGHT.

Weighing him down gives him the physical input he needs so he can be more still and pay attention better. What we found is that after awhile he learned when he needed to be still and no longer needed the weights, so my hubby tossed them.

What to do now??

I pulled out the remnants of the denim I used for our aprons (remember those?) and double layered a square bag with shoulder straps. I then filled the bag with aquarium gravel. This will work better than rice, beans, or sand as it can get wet then dry without any changes. ie, it's WASHABLE. (I have a motto, if it isn't washable, it shouldn't be used for/on/with/by kids) I divided the rocks into 3 sections so they won't all clump at the bottom. It weighs 3.5lbs. I used almost all of a "5lb bag" of gravel....go figure.

I hope that they can put it on him for Circle Time then take it off and it helps him sit still.

We'll see.


Susan said...

Great job. I've heard of using the weights like this but had forgotten about it.

Unknown said...

Great innovative idea - hope it helps.

Thanks for sharing :)

Carla said...

Interesting! I love you header and saying at the top of your page. Mom's really do know what is best for their children:) Have you shared this with other mom's going through the same thing?

Stephanie D said...

You are so creative!

nancy said...

Hey, that is a very clever idea and it even looks nice!

... said...

wow! i've never heard of this method but i can see how it would work. and you are so resourceful.

have a great weekend.

jacquie said...

sorry i haven't been by in job adjustments...hubby traveling...never mind all my excuses for my lack of surfing....this is such a great idea. how is it working?

Mrs4444 said...

I sure would love to have one of these for my classroom...too bad I can't sew! Now that I think of it, though, it would make a nice, easy project for a Home Ec student, wouldn't it?!