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…

Pulling apart

Helena has decided pulling things apart is fun. We had a free view box that no longer works. It’s hard to teach kids about Electronics when this is what they look like. I remember making a radio that I had to solder but there weren’t that many pieces and it wasn’t a difficult map but…

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…

Classification according to….

We have a massive collection of plastic animals some of which I brought when I was teaching in a Montessori classroom and we were doing classification so they represent a range of major animal groups. I seem to have lost the birds since then. Helena has always liked these and the collection has grown to…

On a make..

Helena had her making..making..make hat on today. Make no 1: a mask out of the cardboard packet ginger beer comes in. No 2: a clown’s nose out of a cream bottle No sellotape has been used yet! “look mum, I just think about the grass not string..” later she plaited the grass. No 3: a…

Darts

Last Tuesday, only a week ago, Helena discovered origami. In that she made stuff from a book, following instructions, at first she had help with someone she couldn’t shout at, and who was patient… then she did it by herself. Then they had portraits carefully drawn. The bottom one is “batty” which is her favorite….

Not learning at Playcentre

The Ministry of Education worries about me going to work at Playcentre with my child who is more than 2 years older than the oldest child. The Ministry of Education requires me to teach Helena “as often as” and “as well as” what she would get at school. No where does it state that this…

‘my’ theory works

It’s not really mine, it’s as old as the hills. It’s sort of maths.. and It goes something like Input in + time to simmer in child’s head = new ideas, even output. The Montessori method has the concept of the great lessons where you have a big reverent display of a big idea like…

$2.99 beads

Children have creativity in spades. When I was pestered to purchase a tower of plastic containers with beads all I saw were a few necklaces. On the way home Helena talked about necklaces while making music with them. So far the beads have had to have buddies, are babies, have a slide, a stage and…

Providing learning experiences..

Today I excelled…. Monday we went to a talk about this couch.Made by a group of community volunteers to commemorate the reopening of the Days Bay track that was wiped out by a big slip, it even took out the phone lines while my father was on the phone. It took years and a lot…