in the pursuit of science 2…

Equipment: Books Internet Method: We are doing the KCC challenges and one is find a new bug. So we’ve been keeping our eyes open for interesting bugs and we found this one.. Next step: what is it? We look up in¬†Explanatorium of Nature¬†(awesome book) which we have out of the library and identity its parts….

a sick day (01.11.28)

Project one: armor Dunno why Project two: printing Ok, so I started this one as we had to finish another project which she lost interest in quickly (been going on too long) but then there was ink to use up, choice. Helena scratched the ink off with sticks, fingers, paintbrush and a paper towel. She…

no.. no.. don’t take a photo (30.10.18)

  … it wasn’t working out and apparently going near it with the phone may have just ruined it… though there was a moment where I was allowed to offer some help to stop it falling over….. This is her first go with plasticine! Go no 1… No 2 – the revised model The final…

Thanks Mr Pound (21.10.18)

We visited the Wellington City Art Gallery and saw Patrick Pound’s On Reflection. Helena’s first response was “this is boring” I think brought on by thinking about the cafe later on and knowing about the drawing station that she has always liked visiting…. after a few drawings approach number two, this time maybe she was…

a normal day (20.09.18)

Some context: I leave Helena to do what she will with her day. I am attempting to see what she will independently do. I don’t tell her this but after a while every time the alarm goes she says “ask me what I’m doing mummy”… I want to know how long she sustains a period…

not growing out of things (19.09.18)

Pirates…. Helena has been into pirates since, well ages… er 3 ish? I have no idea where she heard of them. I asked her why she liked them years ago and she said something like “because they are fierce” not even she knew how she knew that. I made her a pirate outfit (with instruction)…

you can’t escape the wheels of commerce (09.18)

We went tramping, which is a many hours walk up a big hill carrying everything you need… all to stay in a nice one room hut with no electricity, or kitchen and an outside loo with a spectacular view (“you care about views Mummy, I don’t”). I often wonder why people go tramping, especially with…

the fine line of art with kids.. (05.09.18)

So the quandary is do you get the kids to do it your way? I saw the best art lesson ever as a beginning teacher in Marie Hickey’s class. She had a chair on a table in the middle of the room and the kids were all at their own desks around it and she…

experiments in doing what I said I’d do (27.8.18)

What I said I’d do after watching the kids watch Fantasia was set up painting stuff and play stirring classical music and see what happens… Lovely set up and discussions on where to put which colour, accompanied by sound effects “little plip” meaning a small amount of a particular colour. Conversations about what you’d get…

beach again (24.08.18)

such a hard life this ensuring we get regular exercise…. and eat well… This is damper. Flour, water, salt and in this case I made it fancy and rubbed in butter and added yeast. You wrap it around a stick and hold it over a fire and when it’s done you pull it off the…