this is the best book on Education I have read…

Even reading it over my shoulder has inspired my child to write a poem. I don’t know where to start on saying how good it is. He really saw the children. The work they did was so fabulous. They did writing like you would a writing class for adults.. conversations with their peers! Once when…

it’s not fair

We have been back home from work in Wellington for 2 days. So far every morning Helena bounces out of bed and goes off to do one of her weird and wonderful tasks… In fact the moment we walked in the door off the bus she was making flour and water glue to start doing…

independence

Today Helena caught the bus into town by herself and brought some tissue paper, took her books back and went to her book club ALL BY HERSELF…. all by herself. We have done a little work to get here.. we use to catch the bus at the same time and pretend we weren’t together. We…

and they will come

We have just been at our version of school – it’s school like in the way that you HAVE to be there early in the morning until 3pm and that there are lots of other children there… but however it is a holiday programme so other than an obligation to come when the whistle is…

instructional language

H helping me do my Covid tests… two different kinds. She passed the can you make your mum follow instructions exactly very well. A++ and we are pleased with the result.. and working on keeping ourselves safe! and trying to be kind to each other.

women’s work

I am reading a book called WOMEN’S WORK, The First 20,000 Years, Elizabeth Wayland Barber. One of the factors she talks about as influencing what work was Women’s work was to do with what you could practically do while you were watching/looking after children. She goes on in the book to discuss the importance of…

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…

seizing the moment

Our neighbor caught some fish… a snapper and a gurnard. I can now identify a snapper and a gurnard from the set Fish! So can Helena… she was fascinated by the dissection, “I want to see its heart”. Touching the fish and pulling the scales off. We looked at them under my phone attachment microscope…

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…