We aren’t doing nothing, honest..

This week, as most weeks, it is hard to tell when we are doing ‘Something’, something noteworthy… educational like. Helena has weird interests, it’s all about complicated characters in her head (some of her toys) their back stories, interests, relationships etc, she lives in her head…. Sometimes other stuff comes out…. I didn’t take photos…

What we did today

Helena has this idea for a book she wants to write where the facing pages will be black with white writing and white with black writing. One side is reality and the other is life inside the mind – probably because she is always away with the fairies. This is my version. The stuff in…

This game again

Helena got up before me this morning and as I heard not a peep from her I lazed about for ages. When I eventually got up she was drawing a grid thing on a piece of paper and she was classifying her soft toys. Classification happens in her play all the time, rocks, buttons, toys……

one Little thing

This morning I found some of these little shop things still wrapped and hid them on Helena’s bed, which she found so much earlier than I thought she would, ie. before bed time. Delighted Helena gave some to her friend, our 5 year old neighbor who is finally and thankfully in our bubble… it would…

Endless weird projects…

We often spend a lot of time at home… but this time so are others so we’ve certainly had more than usual electronic socialisation. Helena has been never endingly busy as usual but unusually has said she’s bored and wanted more screen time. All the ideas I have she’s poo pooed. Instead there has been:…

School as you play it

The kids got Explorer Packs from the Botanical gardens. They contain; a “work book,” pencils, a wooden bingo board of natural items, a laminated treasure hunt with whiteboard markers to tick off particular colours as you see them, duck food, an animal identification book and binoculars. All of which are not as Important as the…

More on water slides..

When adults run a water slide it looks like this: One at a time Evenly allocated water Not much soap Adult does the heavy work Lasts maybe an hour Orderly que down the side Losts of waiting No walking up the slide Waiting until the person who has been gets off the end before the…

Numeracy

Helena has found a new function on her phone that isn’t a phone (it has no SIM card, it’s mainly for audio books) a very special function- the calculator. It has been a toy for several days now. She gets excited to show me new numbers and explains how she got them. She gave her…

A day in the life

This is what Helena did today while I spent the whole day cleaning the pantry – we have moths and I was worried we had cockroaches but it turns out they just visit the plastics cupboard on occasion. 9am – She’s just got up, is in pjs and she’s microwaving a marshmallow which was in…

Musing on last school “holidays”…

It’s not as such a holiday for us in that Helena and I have to go and I get paid. So for 8 weeks of the year I visit full time work and Helena goes into care, unusually and importantly for her, they are the same place. I have very little to do with Helena…