our timetable

Monday: we have a meeting to talk about last week- I record what we did, Helena writes down what she wants to do in the week. This often ends with us being sidetracked to some random project. We pick up other kids from care and school and the big kids go to circus class and…

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…

schema

You hear about people who had obsessions when they were kids, like dinosaurs or trains and how this fueled their desire to go on and be a paleontologist or something like that.. or of people who had a trajectory schema (a repeated interest/compulsion) that lead on to a love of ball sports or some such……

so proud..

Helena came to me yesterday as I was painting the house and said she would like to cook dinner “all by” herself, choose the recipe EVERYTHING. It was so easy for me to butt out as I was focused on my painting. She chose the recipe, worked out if we had the ingredients, found them,…

another random day..

I have once again recorded what Helena and her friend got up to during the school day and thought about my role.. I do this time sample to see what the kids are up to as sometimes they seem like moths drawn to new lights or bees flitting around here and there never landing on…

too cute

This afternoon the lovely children spent ages doing a word hunt for me… there was a map so they could tick them off as I found them…. I got a prize- home made lemonade. Now they have delivered a cup of lemonade to the neighbor, their lemon, and saved one for Helena’s friend’s mum.

leaving her to it

Recently I have been leaving Helena to her own devices, more than usual, as I am painting the house (she has been offered $ to help) and working on the sleep out (I thought she would be interested but no..). I am modeling er something I hope. Helena has found her own project and it…

stuff I don’t get..

This is Helena following one of her passions -Nursery rhymes! I don’t get it. Why couldn’t she choose song lyrics? Or poetry…. or like a friend learn the entirety of Spike Milligan reading Bad Jelly the Witch by listening to it on a kids radio show- seriously impressive. This nursery rhyme passion has been going…

Lockdown again

but yet scarily like our every day life.. There are the weird nature related tasks – making wands with flowers from the garden… The slightly less weird but unpredictable – this time mating snails… The eating in odd locations… Followed by some schoolish activities, not assigned by me but some of those activity styley maths…

We’re back in homeschool land…

Back to catered meetings…. Back with new ideas… Helena has come up a new scheme using points, she does stuff – especially “school work” like stuff and gets points that add up to “goals” where we do stuff together or I support her to do stuff with her friends. I have said it’s your scheme…