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…

those feathers again..

What does it all mean? These feathers have lasted as characters for well over a year. Their names have remained the same, except Green is now Green Gage due to trying a hyped up plum. First the feathers lived in a box by her bed and now they live in a converted ex milkshake cup!…

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…

a factory

The kids are not suited to factory work. My idea was to give them some thing to think about; process, where their food comes from, some grasp on how food is processed, and how other children’s lives were and still are in other places. Of course I didn’t as such say that to them… I…

Gardening group

We go to a Community Gardens Group around the corner from our house. It was, I think, Helena’s idea. She had an interest in gardening a way back, she built her own garden and was doing secret (well unobserved) gardening and I saw a sign at the community gardens so we gave it a go….

a Project.

I can’t always tell which of Helena’s project ideas are just her spewing ideas or something that she really wants to come to fruition so when she tells me a new idea I am guilty of: not fully listening, being agreeable but not helpful, being wrong when I run with a project that was just…

one of the things I like about my kid

She puts the same value on the stuff she makes as she does on the plastic stuff which comes in a box. She collects natural things that she places so much value on she carts them around for ages… yellow leaves, blossoms, pine cones, sticks etc. Check out her plastic slide vs her cardboard one,…

War

At the holiday programme the kids like to play war “lots of war… raaaaa”  and we let them. It looks like chaos, lots of kids running around with long bamboo sticks and a few with bows and arrows all pointed at people with the accompanying loud roars. Hardly anyone gets hurt, and none badly. We…

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…