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…

one of the things I like about my kid

She puts the same value on the stuff she makes as she does on the plastic stuff which comes in a box. She collects natural things that she places so much value on she carts them around for ages… yellow leaves, blossoms, pine cones, sticks etc. Check out her plastic slide vs her cardboard one,…

Putting together

After all the pulling apart the 40 year old plastic meccano came out.. Here is everyone queuing (an ongoing theme of Helena’s) for a turn to have something made for them.. There was a little bit of following the instructions but lots had to be adapted to the individual needs of each client. She liked…

Pulling apart

Helena has decided pulling things apart is fun. We had a free view box that no longer works. It’s hard to teach kids about Electronics when this is what they look like. I remember making a radio that I had to solder but there weren’t that many pieces and it wasn’t a difficult map but…

This game again

Helena got up before me this morning and as I heard not a peep from her I lazed about for ages. When I eventually got up she was drawing a grid thing on a piece of paper and she was classifying her soft toys. Classification happens in her play all the time, rocks, buttons, toys……

Endless weird projects…

We often spend a lot of time at home… but this time so are others so we’ve certainly had more than usual electronic socialisation. Helena has been never endingly busy as usual but unusually has said she’s bored and wanted more screen time. All the ideas I have she’s poo pooed. Instead there has been:…

It’s not even day one…

Lockdown starts at 11:59pm… ie. it hasn’t even started yet, though we have not left the house for 3 days already, and our house looks like this. I confess some is mine, but I have cleaned the windows. My poor father.

Let them get bored..

There are so many things on the internet now that are designed to give your kids ideas of what to do while they are stuck at home quarantined, online schools, and some weird Homeschooling memes. I do quite like this one: Homeschooling is going well. Two students have been suspended for fighting and one teacher…

Doing it the hard way..

We have had the idea of making a raft for a long time. I had it as a kid and my sister and I built one, it was something to do with reading Tom Sawyer, the bit where they are rafting down the Mississippi living life fully and freely. Of course New Zealand rivers aren’t…

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…