Hello! Welcome to Dancing Wombat!
Hi everyone! I’m Jennie Irving.
I’m based in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia and Dancing Wombat is my online forum for all of us who teach, nurture and guide kids with special needs, whether in a formal classroom setting, in the home or out in our community.
Here, I share:
- My own experience and reflections on the experience of supporting special needs kids
- Lesson Plans
Why ‘Dancing Wombat’? The name is about Australia, it’s about kids, it’s about creativity, growth and fun.
Drop in – share your ideas and experiences, frustrations and triumphs.
I try to adopt the Monty Python approach to life and always look on the bright side. However, we all know that this is more easily said than done. Could mindfulness help out? The other day my 16 year old announced that he wanted to move out of home. When we asked...read more
Opportunities for special needs kids (and adults) to get involved in mainstream sports are limited, although you mightn’t think so from all the media promotion and sports groups out there. So I’ve always been keen to encourage my daughter to participate in...read more
Changing schools Thirteen days. Not even a fortnight. A mere thirteen days from his first plaintive request to be home-schooled to Littlest Wombat’s (LW) visiting and deciding on a new school. The following day was his last at the old school. It seems abrupt,...read more
About Jennie Irving
I’m a believer in small things that can make big dreams come true. Like creating and directing a “voice” orchestra, the Soul Voices a cappella group, fulfilling my dream to be a conductor.
Small but deep satisfactions are seeing routine stuff done perfectly – table beautifully set. Dishes stored, not just stacked. Lunch boxes in a line ready to fill, so I can kick back and do my own thing.
What really lifts me up is watching the sunset with my kids and seeing hot-air balloons pass overhead early in the morning. High points in my day are working out cryptic crossword clues and watching the seasons change in my garden.
My sister calls me a reading garbage disposal unit because I’ll devour just about anything with print, from kids’ stories about Viking warriors to the biography of Samuel Johnson.
I’ve lived in France and Canada and French is my second language. You can parler français avec moi any time!
I’ve been a trekkie on Tasmania’s Overland Track and a train-ee in Europe, Asia and North America. From horse-riding in the Canadian Rockies to ski instructing children in the Austrian Alps in my high-school German, I’ll have a go at just about anything. Try me!