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…

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…

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…

Poetry

This took Helena 30mins, she did if because of RNZ, we had to wait by the radio for the six words: high, still, stick, train, can, if. AT THE BEACH We are at the beach under the sun, We came by train, I’m licking an iceblock, it’s dripping down my chin and my T-shirt is…

Lego masters

We watch “reality” TV, namely Lego Masters, and Maker something. I read someone calling these sort of programmes soft TV. Everyone is nice, nice to each other, compliments other people’s work, gives positive feedback, there are hugs and when someone leaves tears. Helena has favourites! She talks about the ideas but only sometimes gets the…

Writing

I read a little friend’s school report and there was one sentence that struck a chord with me which approximately goes “… is not keen on writing in a teacher directed task.” The keen part is not a direct quote as I’m sure the word was more teachery. I thought both ‘why would he?’ and…

What we did today

Helena has this idea for a book she wants to write where the facing pages will be black with white writing and white with black writing. One side is reality and the other is life inside the mind – probably because she is always away with the fairies. This is my version. The stuff in…

Synchronicity

Helena brought this with some of her birthday money. It was something that she’d wanted for ages… A lockable journal… the lockable part was the important part it’s glitteryness just a bonus. I actually remember really wanting and having something like this. It was like reliving a part of myself, though I had no secrets….

This game again

Helena got up before me this morning and as I heard not a peep from her I lazed about for ages. When I eventually got up she was drawing a grid thing on a piece of paper and she was classifying her soft toys. Classification happens in her play all the time, rocks, buttons, toys……

the feather lesson plan series..

It is hard to say what the starting point of this “lesson” was. I suspect it was re-finding the feathers in the draw we call the bits and bobs box. It did start as a box but had to expand as our collection of little bits of string and wire and corks and much much…