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…

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…

everyday can be an opportunity..

A little thing I have noticed is that when we had to get up for school it was an effort, when we get up for Everyone Out it is an effort, even though we really like it, yet when we get up at home on the whole Helena bounds out of bed whether I am…

Listening to my kid

Helena and her not quite 7 year old friend/neighbor are planning a lemonade stand. I’ve heard cooperation, them building on each others ideas and I’m listening now to how they keep each other focused on the task at hand. they are : Planning signs, bunting – marketing, presentation Making a list of what they need…

a great teacher

There is always someone organising something in the homeschooling community. From drama, special classes in the library, bike skills etc and we can either opt in or not. Sometimes I opt us in, or Helena wants to opt in because her friends are there or sometimes it is just what she wants to do. The…

A little learn

There is a very cool TV programme on TV on demand by the lovely comedian and historian Te Radar, called Te Radar’s checkered past. He looks at little bits of history in a humorous way, taking shots at the New Zealand character in a totally kiwi way. Like the guy who made his own boat…

Even when it’s wet.

The kids need to be outside even when it’s wet, they complain but once they are out there there are less arguments, less getting hurt. It’s not just the two restless animals I look after on a Tuesday, who mostly sort themselves out by just going out, it’s everyone. I really notice this at the…

Weather studies and joy…

It rained so we visited our local bridge over a stream to see the flooding. It was a river. Our garage flooded. Then it rained on the day I have two kids who together turn into a noisy monster that needs to move it’s body in an expansive way and when I say rained I…

Kids talking

There is a thing teachers do at schools where you monitor kids talking to see whether it is on task chatter, usually it isn’t, because it is so good when the kids are talking about the task as it adds to their understanding. On task talk is the holy grail of education. Today’s task 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…