An iPad away from..

One of the things that Helena liked about school is the iPads. She has used an iPad more in the last week than in the rest of her life. She has been using a programme called reading eggpress (sic) which has these little bits of text, maybe they are short stories (the one I read…

A sick day..

Days on my practicum actually in a school = 6, days taken off to look after my sick child who got sick attending the same school = 3, so far… Days off sick from school seem to cause grown ups to believe two different things: 1) how dare they send their sick child to school…

first day at school

Helena was up far too late the night before her first day at school as a pupil nervously asking me exactly what would happen… I of course don’t really know so I just guessed a few things. She is in the junior class and is probably the oldest in the class of 8. I have…

Real practicing

At the beginning of the year Helena said she wanted to be able to spell better, I think to be more confident with her writing. I was a bit sceptical (was it a passing fancy) and worried (because I can’t spell, I don’t know the rules) so I put it on the back burner… then…

Cool stuff

We get to do some cool stuff. together… This was a knife making workshop in the weekend (I think there were school kids there) that was arranged through the homeschool community and as usual in homeschool things the adults stayed and joined in. Best of all was that it was run by two homeschooled kids…

Today we did art

I do not know how it started but at some point we were all at the table with paper and crayons and pastels. I tentatively asked if they would like a “lesson” as compared to us just sitting around vaguely drawing and chatting and sort of drawing….. They were weirdly enthusiastic. One dosen’t like to…

A little learn

There is a very cool TV programme on TV on demand by the lovely comedian and historian Te Radar, called Te Radar’s checkered past. He looks at little bits of history in a humorous way, taking shots at the New Zealand character in a totally kiwi way. Like the guy who made his own boat…

Today’s random self assigned unassessed learning

We made some 3D flexagons because I assigned her this task because I thought she’d like it. Oh, did she complain! Mainly because a bit of it is quite difficult, and it was my idea so therefore my fault. Of course she did actually like it so then she made lots and eventually didn’t even…

Do we need to practice?

I get that there are many things we need to pratice, 1000 hours or some such number someone made up to become an expert. I am however not so sure about that with lots of the things we teach at school and in particular mathematics. When I spat the dummy recently about homeschooling and feeling…

Even when it’s wet.

The kids need to be outside even when it’s wet, they complain but once they are out there there are less arguments, less getting hurt. It’s not just the two restless animals I look after on a Tuesday, who mostly sort themselves out by just going out, it’s everyone. I really notice this at the…