Life is good

So we volunteered for DoC for a week. We had to collect campground fees for two camp sites in the late afternoon and evenings but most of the days were ours so what did we do? Hiking and biking… well we had to drop the truck off in the morning and walk back to our…

Tea anyone?

and what do children think one should talk about at tea parties? Well they are apparently quite formal and you have to offer a “spot more of tea” a lot and you discuss the weather and what you have done during the day and for the length of the afternoon tea you all remain sitting,…

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…

letting go of product…

Paper making – heres how it would go in a product atmosphere. Make the pulp, showing kids how to rip the paper into small pieces, having first removed anything unsuitable – sellotape, stables etc. Use boiling water to speed up process, probably even a blender to make pieces small.. Make the paper (the real activity?)…

Pigs in Nature

By Helena (so nearly 7) A pig lay under some plants on some dry dirt. All of it’s life it had longed to have a friend, it was very lonely. When one day two more pigs came. At first they were shy then they started to play together. They enjoyed playing on trampolines, they played…

the great loquat war

This is hours of work….. First there was the walk with a stool, as you do, up the road to raid the low hanging branches of a loquat tree (as identified by a child) that hangs over the footpath. This required conversations about baskets, relitive size of baskets – big scale negotiations, which soft toys…

the holiday programme was OK, just in case you were worried…

One of the things people worry about homeschooling is whether the kids will be socialised… double whammy for me having – oh no an ONLY child. Guess what.. they worry about kids socialisation skills at school too. I remember there were a couple of kids at school (I’m talking primary school here) who other teachers…

money money money… sea treasure! (weekend school)

Helena and her friend collected 185 sand dollars… independently while spending hours out on the sea on boogie boards while their adults watched from a considerable distance and let them do science. We counted them We watched them We talked about the small area they got them from, so how many are there… millions? We…