those feathers again..

What does it all mean? These feathers have lasted as characters for well over a year. Their names have remained the same, except Green is now Green Gage due to trying a hyped up plum. First the feathers lived in a box by her bed and now they live in a converted ex milkshake cup!…

Everything is a character.

And I mean everything…. from the truly weird These paint samples came with names but they are all different ages and have a lot of inner dialogue. Helena’s translation goes like this: Me: “What are you doing now?” Helena: “Sorting into pairs. Yippee and Narrow Sea are ooo ee (noises) ah there’s another pair. So…

a Project.

I can’t always tell which of Helena’s project ideas are just her spewing ideas or something that she really wants to come to fruition so when she tells me a new idea I am guilty of: not fully listening, being agreeable but not helpful, being wrong when I run with a project that was just…

the feather lesson plan series..

It is hard to say what the starting point of this “lesson” was. I suspect it was re-finding the feathers in the draw we call the bits and bobs box. It did start as a box but had to expand as our collection of little bits of string and wire and corks and much much…

Yesterday’s science

I got Helena up yesterday morning and told her it was a special day. It was science day. Possibly I’m a little restless. Helena was not amused. “What’s got into you Mum?” “I like to do my own thing”. I got our test tubes out and then she was somewhat less reluctant. I wanted to…

Weird stuff my kid does when I don’t notice.

It turns out she’s secretly actually into gardening… subtly hiding it from me with a “no” when I ask if she wants to help me. This is her garden. I know she really likes pansys. The flowers periodically disappear into potions or get collected for some purpose (colouring cotton buds for instance) then grow back….

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…

Maps..

Helena got lost recently, she went on ahead and when the somewhat slower 3 year old and I arrived she was gone. It was a very stressful hour as she happily went the wrong way, realised, turned around and came back. Unfortunately I’d given her the car key so couldn’t go looking. In some respects…

Learning

So I don’t rush over to Helena when she cries out for help…. often I am busy but I also think the pause gives her time to give it a go. The other day I apologised as her tone implied she may have actually needed me.. “it’s ok mum if you did I wouldn’t learn…

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….