rules

H and one of her friends were having a water fight one evening, for ages and ages.. It turned out it was a highly structured game with rules, they decided rules would be a “good idea”. No two cans No throwing if opponent paused Be fair Only throw at players Be gentle No throwing cans…

this years report

and thank goodness that’s over – the year and the report writing… H once again was incredibly creative and insightful. Her format is her in the different roles she’s had during the year. I like that she isn’t saying “when I grow up I will be a” but can see that she is those things…

making a connection

Sometimes it’s hard to really make a connection between H and I, just like it is between any two people and I suppose and is just like life. We both get so caught up in our individual pursuits which we don’t really want any help with as we want to do them and in our…

better than talking, talking, talking

Our lovely cousin picks cherries and has been trying to sell them through word of mouth, the internet and with a “stall”. He talked about contracting out the standing around to sell them. I think Helena heard the ka-ching of the money rolling in and was in. It looked like a big box of cherries,…

So not worried..

There is a book H got out of the library ages ago, possibly even a year ago, that she has talked about on and off. It has seemed to me that every time we went into town she wanted to look for tissue paper to try this project. She has collected every egg carton, and…

it’s free…

The kids are really into going to the tip shop and charity shops. I get that it is like a treasure trove and you never know what you will find. The thing I find hard is that often it is because they just want to spend the money, “its burning a hole in your pocket”…

Little bits of work

This project has been going on for months and months.. ever since the Dr told H to stop using soap and washing her wrists due to eczema. Of course H sees all the instructions to wash so she was given a special cream to use and has been so very good about it (probably because…

our timetable

Monday: we have a meeting to talk about last week- I record what we did, Helena writes down what she wants to do in the week. This often ends with us being sidetracked to some random project. We pick up other kids from care and school and the big kids go to circus class and…

things that rattle round in your brain

I am so lucky. I have lots of really good friends and they are all so different, some of them wouldn’t see value in each other, just too different. I like that my friends range in age from in their 30s to 70s. They all provide such valuable and different inputs of ideas about life,…

homework

I don’t like homework as I have seen how it is detrimental to parent child relationships, all that nagging, all that implying that whatever project the kid had in their head is less important than what someone external to the family believes is important… I did get kids to take home stuff they didn’t finish…