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…

artistic developments

I don’t think I make Helena do visual art, but I do like art. So she has books about art, and we visit art galleries whenever I get the chance. We play this game I invented to make her look at the art – where if she finds a horse anywhere in the gallery I’ll…

assessment, with a little a

Today September 2019 And this time she baked them her self. Working out temperature, length of time and setting the timer… She’s gone up no levels, no achievement objectives done, no certificate, … but definitely movement in a forward direction.

The “Don’t pop your bubble studio exhibition”

We had an exhibition of some of the stuff we’ve been doing in lockdown, mostly for a laugh (me) to eat biscuits (Helena) and to have a deadline to finish stuff. We have been spending days working at our outside art table in the sun but it was naturally becoming less compelling. Mostly we have…

Some one else’s lesson plan…

There is an exhibition at our local gallery which is so my kind of thing, something I totally understand doing, and that in an alternate universe I could imagine making…. I could write 1000s of words as to why it’s awesome. But did it speak to Helena? There are attributes we share that we probably…

Du-kit by Helena

I made one box and liked it and then I made these smaller ones. I make the box first then sometimes I make the lid next and sometimes the decorations. For some of them the decoration was the lid, like the leaf one. The containers I didn’t need to squish. All I did was draw…

“It’s boring”

We went to the “look museum” aka The City Art Gallery. I was told the art was boring… I  got 5 mins or less per gallery but waited over 20mins while she used their pencils and paper. But she did like the carved gourds. This picture started as scenery and became an abstract. The next…

‘my’ theory works

It’s not really mine, it’s as old as the hills. It’s sort of maths.. and It goes something like Input in + time to simmer in child’s head = new ideas, even output. The Montessori method has the concept of the great lessons where you have a big reverent display of a big idea like…

Poster design

So when you have an operation you can’t eat. One time I accidentally had a nibble of cucumber and it was correctly surmised by the surgeon and anesthetist that I’d nibbled while filling my kids lunch box. This time I nearly tried one of Helena’s new rice bubbles fortunately she reminded me in time then…. There…

Providing learning experiences..

Today I excelled…. Monday we went to a talk about this couch.Made by a group of community volunteers to commemorate the reopening of the Days Bay track that was wiped out by a big slip, it even took out the phone lines while my father was on the phone. It took years and a lot…