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…

Going to the dairy.

“I am so proud” is what Helena said when she got home from yet another trip to the dairy to get lollies with our 6 year old neighbor. They went to get the lollies for only the 3rd time, I think, after they had earned another dollar by collecting stink bugs from the garden for…

First day of the new school year…

An adult asked Helena if she was back at school and after she said she was homeschooled they asked if she’d started doing school work yet? She said she didn’t know. With kids she’ll sometimes say that she’s lucky as her Mum believes in play based learning (to clarify here we do not play those…

the Laws of physics

It’s a Tuesday so we have Helena’s friend over. They hadn’t seen each other for a while and the day before Helena had been so excited as had he but when they met they did the whole pretending they weren’t pleased thing. Where do they learn that? But it wasn’t long before they were revisiting…

Everything is a character.

And I mean everything…. from the truly weird These paint samples came with names but they are all different ages and have a lot of inner dialogue. Helena’s translation goes like this: Me: “What are you doing now?” Helena: “Sorting into pairs. Yippee and Narrow Sea are ooo ee (noises) ah there’s another pair. So…

We aren’t doing nothing, honest..

This week, as most weeks, it is hard to tell when we are doing ‘Something’, something noteworthy… educational like. Helena has weird interests, it’s all about complicated characters in her head (some of her toys) their back stories, interests, relationships etc, she lives in her head…. Sometimes other stuff comes out…. I didn’t take photos…

That article

The NZ herald had an article titled “Child-centred-teaching-blamed-for-NZs-educational-decline” it was followed by another on The Spinoff with some rebuttal by a principal. I thought I should read the actual paper the article was quoting, I’m on page 35 of 156…. It is an interesting exercise. The writer, Briar Lipson, is a recent arrival to NZ…

THE fear

I get this thing I call ‘THE fear’. It’s not a specific fear, it’s just brought on by my imagination and it seems to happen spontaneously, it’s the kind of fear that hits your stomach. At the holiday programme I work at we allow kids to use ropes, climb trees, make swings, zip lines, use…