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…

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….