W (8) has been learning more about shapes, and of course the best way to learn about something new is through play and hands-on activities! This blog post highlights some of the ways I have taught my 8-year-old about shapes, in accordance with the National Curriculum. Learning Objective (LO): Draw 2D shapesLO: Recognise angles as a property of a shape or a description of a … Continue reading Learning More About Shapes
B (6) has been learning all about shapes, and of course the best way to learn about something new is through play and hands-on activities! This blog post highlights some of the ways I have taught my 6-year-old about shapes, in accordance with the National Curriculum. Learning Objective: Recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes. I like to split our learning topics into three … Continue reading Learning About Shapes
What a week 2021 has been! Just when you think things are going smoothly all hell breaks loose and everything has changed before you can even say “Happy New Year!”. In true 2021 fashion, this blog was meant to be something completely different to what it is now. I was originally going to write (type?) about our education planning for the new academic year to … Continue reading Vision Boards for Kids
It’s the third week of our seasonal home education topic and we wouldn’t be worldschoolers if we didn’t explore Christmas Around the World! Continue reading Christmas 2020: Christmas Around the World
The ‘Great Mask Debate’ is upon us. Wearing, or not wearing, a mask is now a political statement. And all I want to do is shout JUST WEAR THE MASK! But I won’t, this post is dedicated to the people who claim that wearing a mask interferes with their perfect breathing systems. Today I am going to ‘teach’ you to know the signs of breathing difficulty. Because if you don’t wear the mask, you or a loved one may end up catching Covid19. And breathing difficulty is one of the more serious symptoms.
What do you know about breathing difficulty? You’re not a doctor!
Yup, I’m not a doctor. I’m not a medical profession of any sort and I would never claim to be. You should always seek medical advice when you have concerns, I’m just sharing a piece of critical information that I received over 7.5 years ago that could save a life.
7.5 years ago, baby W was born at 28 weeks gestation. He was resuscitated, intubated and incubated almost immediately. When it was time to take him home from the NICU, I had to do a crash course in baby first aid, on what was a laughably large baby CPR doll. What I learned came in handy as I soon discovered W had a penchant for rapid deterioration after catching a virus, resulting in breathing difficulties and many trips to A&E. He got a reputation for being my ‘poorly/sick’ child as he was extremely vulnerable to any viral infection.
Knowing the signs
Fast forward a few years to 2016, and we were sat in A&E again waiting for some bloods. W had picked up a virus when visiting my mum in hospital. After a few hours of observation we were sent home and my mum lost her battle with cancer 24 hours later. It had been less than 2 weeks since mum has passed away and B was inconsolable. He had been very attached to her and at 1 years old, didn’t really seem to understand that she wasn’t coming back.
He was a little warm, but it was summer. The thermometer showed a normal temperature. I checked for rashes and his skin was clear. He had been crying since morning and it was now bedtime. I wasn’t convinced he was just having a grumpy day.
Suddenly, I remembered the signs of breathing difficulty and I checked him over. Sure enough, he was struggling. I called the ambulance and while we waited he stopped breathing. It was terrifying, we jumped into the ambulance and he was blue lighted to the children’s hospital. He had pneumonia and was hospitalised for 3 days. They told me how lucky we were that I hadn’t waited until the morning, he probably wouldn’t have made it. But, I know that I wouldn’t have called the ambulance if I hadn’t checked for the signs of breathing difficulty. And I wouldn’t have checked for them if I didn’t know what they were.
Know the signs:
- Retractions: this was the major sign for me. I’ve included a video below to show exactly what it looks like. I can only describe as their skin being almost sucked in as they strain to get enough oxygen. You can clearly see the muscles around their ribs and neck working hard.
- Colour changes: while we were waiting for the ambulance B started looking blue around the month and his skin turned grey.
- Breathing rate: he was taking short rapid breaths, that had increased in frequency compared to normal breathing rate.
You can find more signs listed here.
Of course, I would prefer everybody wore a mask to help protect people like my children or my mum. As a result of W’s prematurity and B’s pneumonia, they both suffer a bit more with common viruses than other children their age. We were on first name basis with most of the staff at our local A&E, and they’ve been put on oxygen more times than I can count. Pneumonia is one of the most serious side effects of Covid19, which is why I wanted to share our experience with you today. I hope you find the information above and below useful. Stay safe!
Learn First Aid for Babies and Children with the British Red Cross.
This educational video showing respiratory distress in an infant.
NHS 111, if you have any concerns about somebody aged 5 or older.Continue reading “Know the signs of breathing difficulty”
You’re probably asking yourself “Are there really 20 reasons to home educate?” and my answer to you is no, there are more! Home Education was on my radar since I was a teen, I was determined to home educate my future children. Unfortunately, life didn’t turn out as I expected. Being a single parent I felt forced to put W into primary school which was … Continue reading 20 reasons to home educate your kids (and 5 reasons not to)
I don’t know about you, but my brain has turned to mush over lockdown. With Covid19 not looking to go anywhere and any international travel plans having to be postponed, I’m looking at a staycation and simple activities to keep the children busy. These 5 summer learning activities do just that and as each focuses on a different area of learning, you don’t need to … Continue reading 5 Summer Learning Activities for Children
When somebody tells you they spent their holidays in Europe, you usually ask them which country. If somebody tells you they spent their holidays in Africa, it usually ends there. Our focus for Weeks 3 & 4 was on Africa, the continent as well as our family’s personal history as People of African Descent (PoADs). Africa Did you know that Africa is a continent made … Continue reading Black History Month: Weeks 3 & 4 – Africa & PoADs
Struggling with ideas for black history month? Here are some fun activities you can do with 4-7 year olds while also learning about prominent figures in black history. Continue reading Black History Month: Week 1 Activities