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…

being the boss

Helena catered for a tea party in the weekend… a full on tea party for 4. There were choices – popcorn, pikelets, chocolate cake and hokey pokey biscuits washed down with lashings of homemade lemonade. I did nothing to help, I’m not even sure that we even had a conversation about it, – permission or…

the joy of a list

We are off down the lake for our annual two weeks of volunteering. First step… Helena’s first response to writing a list for packing (my idea) was to write the word stuff and show it to me as a joke… The first things written down were the important things, like the bags she had already…

extending learning

It’s a thing extending the children… that idea that they need to be moved forward never staying where they are, and the horror of them slipping back!! I am not totally adverse to this idea as I like getting better at stuff, but I also like being OK at lots of stuff, like cleaning! I…

things we can’t get from homeschooling

Group projects- kids working together to achieve something better together than they can alone Culture, in particular developing a culture that actually promotes the making of mistakes and emphasises collaboration Learning from other children, especially those at a similar zone of proximal development. I do not think we can necessarily get these from most schools…

living inside your head

My mother use to say I was “away with the fairies” which meant she couldn’t reach me as I wouldn’t notice her speaking my name yet I would appear to be doing nothing. I still do this. Sometimes it just looks like I am doing some menial task, doodling, or sometimes it looks like I…

first day back in homeschool land

We’ve been away on and off for nearly 2 months and just had over four weeks in the big smoke. Helena has been itching to get back home, mostly to see her “babies” (the rats), and has been doing lots of complaining that I drag her here, there and everywhere and she never, ever gets…

rules

H and one of her friends were having a water fight one evening, for ages and ages.. It turned out it was a highly structured game with rules, they decided rules would be a “good idea”. No two cans No throwing if opponent paused Be fair Only throw at players Be gentle No throwing cans…