it’s not fair

We have been back home from work in Wellington for 2 days. So far every morning Helena bounces out of bed and goes off to do one of her weird and wonderful tasks… In fact the moment we walked in the door off the bus she was making flour and water glue to start doing…

colouring in

I found some posters that my mother brought way back when and Helena is colouring them in. I kinda thought of this as a filler activity, a little mindless fun. H thought differently… so far we have used many reference books (contents, index, scientific names vs common names), she has used the internet to look…

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…

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…

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”…

another random day..

I have once again recorded what Helena and her friend got up to during the school day and thought about my role.. I do this time sample to see what the kids are up to as sometimes they seem like moths drawn to new lights or bees flitting around here and there never landing on…

too cute

This afternoon the lovely children spent ages doing a word hunt for me… there was a map so they could tick them off as I found them…. I got a prize- home made lemonade. Now they have delivered a cup of lemonade to the neighbor, their lemon, and saved one for Helena’s friend’s mum.

Lockdown again

but yet scarily like our every day life.. There are the weird nature related tasks – making wands with flowers from the garden… The slightly less weird but unpredictable – this time mating snails… The eating in odd locations… Followed by some schoolish activities, not assigned by me but some of those activity styley maths…

We’re back in homeschool land…

Back to catered meetings…. Back with new ideas… Helena has come up a new scheme using points, she does stuff – especially “school work” like stuff and gets points that add up to “goals” where we do stuff together or I support her to do stuff with her friends. I have said it’s your scheme…