Do we need to practice?

I get that there are many things we need to pratice, 1000 hours or some such number someone made up to become an expert. I am however not so sure about that with lots of the things we teach at school and in particular mathematics. When I spat the dummy recently about homeschooling and feeling…

Down the lake

We are “down the lake” as people in Nelson seem to say… possibly only people with a connection to THE lake, as in Lake Rotoiti and St Arnaud. It’s an alpine village, in that it is at a higher altitude and there are mountains all around and that it how it styles itself. There are…

All on her own

I hate baking. I hate that given any opportunity Helena would eat lollies, though she can make one lolly last 30mins (we had a long bus trip and counted time by lolly). Helena likes baking, actually she likes the decorating. Fortunately her fairy Godmother also loves baking and has the skills I lack (attention to…

Bases

Helena plays bases, and this is one of the common games I see kids play. Bases appear at the holiday programme every session, when we go to our homeschool group, when we relieve at forest school, campground hosting… whenever there other children and even when she’s alone. They often have a place to sleep, a…

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…

one of the things I like about my kid

She puts the same value on the stuff she makes as she does on the plastic stuff which comes in a box. She collects natural things that she places so much value on she carts them around for ages… yellow leaves, blossoms, pine cones, sticks etc. Check out her plastic slide vs her cardboard one,…

Lego masters

We watch “reality” TV, namely Lego Masters, and Maker something. I read someone calling these sort of programmes soft TV. Everyone is nice, nice to each other, compliments other people’s work, gives positive feedback, there are hugs and when someone leaves tears. Helena has favourites! She talks about the ideas but only sometimes gets the…

Writing

I read a little friend’s school report and there was one sentence that struck a chord with me which approximately goes “… is not keen on writing in a teacher directed task.” The keen part is not a direct quote as I’m sure the word was more teachery. I thought both ‘why would he?’ and…

Putting together

After all the pulling apart the 40 year old plastic meccano came out.. Here is everyone queuing (an ongoing theme of Helena’s) for a turn to have something made for them.. There was a little bit of following the instructions but lots had to be adapted to the individual needs of each client. She liked…

Feeding babies

Our garden is in an autumnal mood… it’s damp (even boggy), there is moss, and very few flowers. but we are kind of stuck in it, with the whole lockdown thing… Helena likes to be outside, especially apparently in Autumn…. and is now wearing t-shirts and shorts after her summer of leggings and long sleeved…