they learn from what we do

When I wrote my homeschool application I had such grand plans. One of which was that we would somehow build our own tiny home and I imagined Helena by my side measuring, sawing etc. Of course reality was someone else built us a sleepout sized building with no internal finishing…. and I paid cash, so…

leaving her to it

Recently I have been leaving Helena to her own devices, more than usual, as I am painting the house (she has been offered $ to help) and working on the sleep out (I thought she would be interested but no..). I am modeling er something I hope. Helena has found her own project and it…

assessment, with a little a

Today September 2019 And this time she baked them her self. Working out temperature, length of time and setting the timer… She’s gone up no levels, no achievement objectives done, no certificate, … but definitely movement in a forward direction.

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…

Free ranging

No grown ups are allowed past this arrow.. I haven’t been past the arrow. The kids found this “awesome fort” after they went down a track to the other campground all by themselves (at 8,8,7, and 4 years old) and then they walked back along the road by themselves. I had total trust they would…

How is she reading?

I read this Article which pulls apart  how teachers teach learning to read.  This is not just relevant to America, it even mentions Marie Clay who was an important part of what we learnt at teachers college – the horrible running records. I was taught to teach the “three cueing” method. When I was a nanny in…

The perfect egg

I was listening to Catherine Ryan (Radio NZ) talking to a man about how to tell which kids will succeed, he was talking about testing, but it’s all about what they do when they fail, how they react to failure, what they do with the questions they get wrong. I was also discussing with a…

Watching Tv

We are soooo tried, I’ve hardly slept!  I’m so tired, we NEED to watch TV (accompanied by some over the top acting ) Mummy? Of course I say “er NO” leading to foot stamping and complaining. How there isn’t anything else to do, really there isn’t. So her friend and I start a game of…

When a holiday programme is school

I really like the holiday programme I’m involved in. It’s how I think school should work… we have but three rules. Respect yourself and others. Respect our environment and equipment Respect play Aka the playcentre ‘rules’ which cover everything from going to the loo, keeping warm, staying inside the cones (boundary), saws, games, not being…