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…

this years report

and thank goodness that’s over – the year and the report writing… H once again was incredibly creative and insightful. Her format is her in the different roles she’s had during the year. I like that she isn’t saying “when I grow up I will be a” but can see that she is those things…

making a connection

Sometimes it’s hard to really make a connection between H and I, just like it is between any two people and I suppose and is just like life. We both get so caught up in our individual pursuits which we don’t really want any help with as we want to do them and in our…

better than talking, talking, talking

Our lovely cousin picks cherries and has been trying to sell them through word of mouth, the internet and with a “stall”. He talked about contracting out the standing around to sell them. I think Helena heard the ka-ching of the money rolling in and was in. It looked like a big box of cherries,…

So not worried..

There is a book H got out of the library ages ago, possibly even a year ago, that she has talked about on and off. It has seemed to me that every time we went into town she wanted to look for tissue paper to try this project. She has collected every egg carton, and…

it’s free…

The kids are really into going to the tip shop and charity shops. I get that it is like a treasure trove and you never know what you will find. The thing I find hard is that often it is because they just want to spend the money, “its burning a hole in your pocket”…