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…

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…

Is lego just lego?

The kids are playing lego, or is it playing with lego? So far they have discussed: the increase of motivation you get when you are “paid”.. (they are paying each other in desirable pieces to find other pieces), equality, fairness, vegetarianism, the qualities of various pieces (using words to describe a piece in a mutually…

Going to a dyslexia course..

I thought this would be brilliant as I know people, big and small, who are dyslexic. I want to know more, to understand. I want to know; how we know, how to work out if someone thinks differently, what skills they have that I can help foster because I can only see thinking differently as…

Down the lake

We are “down the lake” as people in Nelson seem to say… possibly only people with a connection to THE lake, as in Lake Rotoiti and St Arnaud. It’s an alpine village, in that it is at a higher altitude and there are mountains all around and that it how it styles itself. There are…

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…