artistic developments

I don’t think I make Helena do visual art, but I do like art. So she has books about art, and we visit art galleries whenever I get the chance. We play this game I invented to make her look at the art – where if she finds a horse anywhere in the gallery I’ll…

assessment, with a little a

Today September 2019 And this time she baked them her self. Working out temperature, length of time and setting the timer… She’s gone up no levels, no achievement objectives done, no certificate, … but definitely movement in a forward direction.

Non democratic meetings

Helena and I have a weekly meeting, mostly on Monday mornings. They are not much fun. They are mostly for me. I am honest with her that as a homeschooling family we have to document her learning, the government requires us to teach “as well as and as often” as a regular school. We can…

Everyone is homeschooling

Except they aren’t… There is quite a difference to visiting a place than there is living in a place. Same with homeschooling. I think there are people who are enjoying, even relishing visiting homeschooling, hopefully all those people we did playcentre with are revisiting the joy of child led play, and are people with energy…

2019 the report

School is over for the year… Here is Helena 3 months later reading her report… being reflective.

a little reflection..

I think it is important to reflect. It’s an important part of learning, all that metacognition, even perhaps where most of the learning occurs. I am also open with Helena about what the government requires of me/us to let her be homeschooled, ie…as often as and and as good as what she’d get at school….

How is she reading?

I read this Article which pulls apart  how teachers teach learning to read.  This is not just relevant to America, it even mentions Marie Clay who was an important part of what we learnt at teachers college – the horrible running records. I was taught to teach the “three cueing” method. When I was a nanny in…

A day in the life

This is what Helena did today while I spent the whole day cleaning the pantry – we have moths and I was worried we had cockroaches but it turns out they just visit the plastics cupboard on occasion. 9am – She’s just got up, is in pjs and she’s microwaving a marshmallow which was in…

the term 4 horrors…

Each new year seems to start with promise, it’s summer and the world is one’s oyster so you think up glorious plans that this year you will achieve. Term one has a cover page perhaps with a list of formidable goals that one cheerfully thinks are so totally do able in that excitable new years…