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…

Is lego just lego?

The kids are playing lego, or is it playing with lego? So far they have discussed: the increase of motivation you get when you are “paid”.. (they are paying each other in desirable pieces to find other pieces), equality, fairness, vegetarianism, the qualities of various pieces (using words to describe a piece in a mutually…

Going to a dyslexia course..

I thought this would be brilliant as I know people, big and small, who are dyslexic. I want to know more, to understand. I want to know; how we know, how to work out if someone thinks differently, what skills they have that I can help foster because I can only see thinking differently as…

Weather studies and joy…

It rained so we visited our local bridge over a stream to see the flooding. It was a river. Our garage flooded. Then it rained on the day I have two kids who together turn into a noisy monster that needs to move it’s body in an expansive way and when I say rained I…

when things are hard

Things are hard at the moment. Some of this is due to me breaking my wrist on my dominant hand so I can’t do any of the things that take me outside my self, no making and doing and somehow that affects even the thinking about it… I can’t even bike or drive off into…

Being a socialist

We were at a family event recently and Helena and her cousins did a treasure hunt, Helena having the most dogged determination to finish this in the dark… various adults who knew she would not give up did try to help. Eventually they got to have the prize which was getting a handful of lollies…