Lego masters

We watch “reality” TV, namely Lego Masters, and Maker something. I read someone calling these sort of programmes soft TV. Everyone is nice, nice to each other, compliments other people’s work, gives positive feedback, there are hugs and when someone leaves tears. Helena has favourites! She talks about the ideas but only sometimes gets the…

Synchronicity

Helena brought this with some of her birthday money. It was something that she’d wanted for ages… A lockable journal… the lockable part was the important part it’s glitteryness just a bonus. I actually remember really wanting and having something like this. It was like reliving a part of myself, though I had no secrets….

In Helena’s words

Hello my name is Helena Bieleski. I am 8 years old. I live in Nelson with my Mum and Grandpa. Me and Mum like to volunteer as Campground Hosts and Hut Wardens in Nelson Lakes National Park. In February me and my Mum were the hut wardens at Blue Lake, Rotomairewhenua. We went on a…

“My life has no purpose without books”

Helena had a moment of loud distress as we sat out side the library and I told her we couldn’t get any books out, I was only dropping books off as we are off on holiday. I like that she feels her life isn’t as good without books especially as it’s make your kid read…

Poster design

So when you have an operation you can’t eat. One time I accidentally had a nibble of cucumber and it was correctly surmised by the surgeon and anesthetist that I’d nibbled while filling my kids lunch box. This time I nearly tried one of Helena’s new rice bubbles fortunately she reminded me in time then…. There…

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…

Lost…

Enid, mostly Enid, has all her attention now… And this is her checking on the rice… It was such a hard thing letting her do it herself, she took so long to start… then wham at the beginning of this year (only 4 months ago) she was reading but in a labored way and reading…

She’s gone…

well it had to happen… Saturday 9th of March Helena finished a whole chapter book in the morning, in one sitting, from beginning to end. She was pretty pleased with herself. She told me the plot but only because I asked… I guess I will have a part-time child. I wonder when I’ll be supplying…

the “holiday reading slump”

I was reading in the paper about how over the holidays children slip back a reading level and what we (parents I guess or do they mean teachers) could do about it. I guess this implies that kids don’t read in the holidays. Just so we have this totally clear these are the summer holidays,…