THE swimming lessons

So for Helena’s birthday I gave her swimming lessons. They were for 20 mins a day for two weeks. I was nervous as I didn’t feel she was the ‘good beginner’ that I signed her up for – the head under the water thing was still somewhat daunting for her. The first lesson she cried……

Geometry by choice..

We ordered a geometry pack with the homeschool toy library. There weren’t enough squares, can you spot the one she made? They are quilts for a Silvanian family. Helena wanted to turn them into real quilts of course but that’s a LOT of cutting and sewing as well as a lot of space for error….

play, real life or just work?

Aren’t they all the same? Context: Last week she was waiting for a friend to arrive, due at 2pm and it’s 9am… long time right. She’s at a loss so I chuck “busy work” at her, in this case a maths book with questions and pictures that she can write in. We sit at the…

secret learning to read (30.10.18)

I have done no ‘active teaching’ in Helena’s learning to read. I was trying the theory that you can learn to read yourself as I was never convinced that the rituals at school teaching kids to read were what was doing it. It’s all the child. The ingredients for reading are: a child who wants…

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…

it’s all about the process but I wish I had cleaners….

the table we eat all our meals at between meals….. the bedroom floor… the desk that can’t be used due to the mess created while using it…. Last week our virtue was cleanliness (partly a er sort of joke…) but the house was somewhat cleaner for that week. It is a hard road to navigate…

the fine line of art with kids.. (05.09.18)

So the quandary is do you get the kids to do it your way? I saw the best art lesson ever as a beginning teacher in Marie Hickey’s class. She had a chair on a table in the middle of the room and the kids were all at their own desks around it and she…

Thursday pm (30.08.18)

What I saw (in-between doing my own thing) was a kid in flow…. this was a sustained activity punctuated by excitedly telling me what she was doing. It all had to do with colour, food colouring. The process started with the making of the colour in the palette – using words like complimentary, opposite. There…