testing

There is always something in the press about testing and how the kids are failing. Testing is a thing I associate with science. The importance in science is a fair test and this requires This makes sense right. If, for instance, you grew a plant in two different places but were actually testing the the…

the Tests

I found some UK kids tests in my teachers college stuff, we must have been given them as a ‘this is kinda like a P.A.T test with out us giving you one’ thing. They are for year 5, level 3-5. I have taught in the UK but couldn’t tell you if that us the same…

Focus

Helena has been doing pottery for a while now. We tend not to do it in the summer terms as I think we will be away more than we are! Helena really likes it on the whole. It is after school social contact with kids who go to schools during the day (not that that…

the week that was

About an hour ago I was feeling totally successful. I felt we had accomplished a lot during the week. Our meeting on Monday was actually kinda fun – I went through the areas of the NZ curriculum (that I said I’d use in my homeschool application) and we thought about whether we had done something…

extending learning

It’s a thing extending the children… that idea that they need to be moved forward never staying where they are, and the horror of them slipping back!! I am not totally adverse to this idea as I like getting better at stuff, but I also like being OK at lots of stuff, like cleaning! I…

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…

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…

Feeling powerful

I absolutely love my job. Every school holidays I work for a friend. My friend is the best boss I’ve ever had which of course makes things easier, she insures that not only is the actual job fun but that I also feel agency, that I am free to make many of the day to…

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…

Making decisions

We went camping with some other homeschoolers at a deep fast flowing river. We intended on swimming and took wetsuits, togs, boogie boards, life jackets etc. There was a lot of Adult conversation about the safety of where to swim. This was based on depth, velocity of flow, etc and was tempered by our various…