Just a day

I didn’t know what to do today with the kids, lack of sleep perhaps. However I did know I had to get rat food as we are going away but then it took ages to find the car keys so the kids found something to do and they suggested I sit down and have a…

a factory

The kids are not suited to factory work. My idea was to give them some thing to think about; process, where their food comes from, some grasp on how food is processed, and how other children’s lives were and still are in other places. Of course I didn’t as such say that to them… I…

Going to the dairy.

“I am so proud” is what Helena said when she got home from yet another trip to the dairy to get lollies with our 6 year old neighbor. They went to get the lollies for only the 3rd time, I think, after they had earned another dollar by collecting stink bugs from the garden for…

the Laws of physics

It’s a Tuesday so we have Helena’s friend over. They hadn’t seen each other for a while and the day before Helena had been so excited as had he but when they met they did the whole pretending they weren’t pleased thing. Where do they learn that? But it wasn’t long before they were revisiting…

Everything is a character.

And I mean everything…. from the truly weird These paint samples came with names but they are all different ages and have a lot of inner dialogue. Helena’s translation goes like this: Me: “What are you doing now?” Helena: “Sorting into pairs. Yippee and Narrow Sea are ooo ee (noises) ah there’s another pair. So…

When left to their own devices.

Helena and her friend totally took the option of having a kids table and eating dinner outside. The adults were similarly keen…. weird that. So they set up their own table which included their babies and the associated paraphernalia of bowls, cutlery etc. Those babies were well looked after. It did not look like our…

Little things..

Helena is interested in little things, and she certainly isn’t the first. There were those Cottingly children who were made famous by photographing fairies at the bottom of their garden, there are those Irish little people… trolls… Tom thumb, Minpins, the Borrowers, the Slimtails (mice that live and talk like people)…etc. I am sure that…

All on her own

I hate baking. I hate that given any opportunity Helena would eat lollies, though she can make one lolly last 30mins (we had a long bus trip and counted time by lolly). Helena likes baking, actually she likes the decorating. Fortunately her fairy Godmother also loves baking and has the skills I lack (attention to…

Gardening group

We go to a Community Gardens Group around the corner from our house. It was, I think, Helena’s idea. She had an interest in gardening a way back, she built her own garden and was doing secret (well unobserved) gardening and I saw a sign at the community gardens so we gave it a go….

Bases

Helena plays bases, and this is one of the common games I see kids play. Bases appear at the holiday programme every session, when we go to our homeschool group, when we relieve at forest school, campground hosting… whenever there other children and even when she’s alone. They often have a place to sleep, a…