two weeks out

We are so incredibly lucky! We got to spend two weeks totally out of our normal life volunteering for the Department of Conservation at a Lodge at Nydia bay. Only 5 hours of power a day, no cellphone reception… no roads, shops and not even many people! We got dropped there by boat with our…

testing

There is always something in the press about testing and how the kids are failing. Testing is a thing I associate with science. The importance in science is a fair test and this requires This makes sense right. If, for instance, you grew a plant in two different places but were actually testing the the…

risky play

The kids lit this fire.. they sorted themselves about keeping each other safe – the big ones decided they should light the fire, there was a discussion on the wind. There was some kind of close/ too close circle rule… They went and got sunglasses for the smoke, they also went and got the marshmallows…

drive

I love my job. I think it is because there is so much to watch and think about. I get so much energy from the children. It’s like their excitement is contagious. It feels like you are somehow involved in the most exciting project ever and there is no boss to take you back to…

the week that was

About an hour ago I was feeling totally successful. I felt we had accomplished a lot during the week. Our meeting on Monday was actually kinda fun – I went through the areas of the NZ curriculum (that I said I’d use in my homeschool application) and we thought about whether we had done something…

colouring in

I found some posters that my mother brought way back when and Helena is colouring them in. I kinda thought of this as a filler activity, a little mindless fun. H thought differently… so far we have used many reference books (contents, index, scientific names vs common names), she has used the internet to look…

Waiting

We have had test tubes and various other scientific equipment for years. I have even made Helena a mad scientist dress up/lab coat aka a clothes protector… It is usually me who gets out the stuff as a provocation to play with it. My Dad talks science as often as he can. My sister gave…

an unintentional unit…

Healthy eating!! The idea of being a teacher in a classroom teaching a unit on healthy eating fills me with dread. However Helena has chosen to do things related to healthy eating for nearly a whole term now. She initiated it.. so weird. All I did was talk about when we cook dinner we need…

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…