thinking about maths…

Helena’s teacher, for the 4 weeks she was in school, informed me Helena has gaps. She informed me in an assertive tone, being helpful? Letting me know I’m not doing it right? I didn’t get any qualification on this, I asked, but I was just led to believe Helena is on some kind of bad…

Do we need to practice?

I get that there are many things we need to pratice, 1000 hours or some such number someone made up to become an expert. I am however not so sure about that with lots of the things we teach at school and in particular mathematics. When I spat the dummy recently about homeschooling and feeling…

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…

Numeracy

Helena has found a new function on her phone that isn’t a phone (it has no SIM card, it’s mainly for audio books) a very special function- the calculator. It has been a toy for several days now. She gets excited to show me new numbers and explains how she got them. She gave her…

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…

Research

Helena had new questions on the body quiz tip shop computer game thing and owing to her not wanting to make any mistakes she did research..and when that didn’t have all the sholder bones… And then there was all the measuring to fill in the gaps in her ‘secret file, height, cm, kg, and looking…

Lolly maths

I hate lollies, not so much them but the whole performance. The asking, begging, deciding what to have (at our old dairy it was mostly OK as Jitish would tease the kids and get them to work out what they could get, he seemed to get the whole process) then there is the weight on…

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…

the card industry… (26.10.18)

Someone else’s ideas We got some paint colour samples on those little cards and I made the comment that Helena “better DO something with them”… a friend of mine said she used them to make cards. Helena leapt on this idea. These are all for sale…  I can get them for a special discount (the…

you can’t escape the wheels of commerce (09.18)

We went tramping, which is a many hours walk up a big hill carrying everything you need… all to stay in a nice one room hut with no electricity, or kitchen and an outside loo with a spectacular view (“you care about views Mummy, I don’t”). I often wonder why people go tramping, especially with…