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…

Cr#p my kid makes…

I have been having something of an existential crisis, again. I went to an art school years ago and have a zillion ideas. Recently I went to a gallery and it had an exhibition of the finalists in The Wallace award. I am arrogant enough (confident in my ideas and of my ability to execute…

Mother’s day 2019

Pre event: Such a big event has to be planned for… so a week in advance this list was written. I’m not allowed to take a photo of the filled in sheet until after. I’m looking forward to the sipriss (even predictive text knew that was surprises). Next she had to enlist others as she…

yet more Science…

“Explain to me what you are doing?” “Well I am balancing like that, goodness that’s not right I had it like that before, then the little side only the ball (golf ball in a baby sock) falls which means the balls much heavier than the other thing (wooden cotton reel) and then it falls down…

Topics…

I can’t say ‘doing’ a topic seems to work like I imagined. Mostly I don’t know what sort of topicish stuff Helena thinks about, I suspect that she sort of thinks about lots of things in the back of her mind while doing something else. We occasionally talk about stuff (as in not what her…

Look at that…

We brought some clear tubing today and it fitted perfectly on some glass bottles that I put food colouring in -initially just to pour down the tube but when the hose fitted so sungly into the bottles the game changed…. so there is 2 meters of tube with a bottle at each end with a…