so proud..

Helena came to me yesterday as I was painting the house and said she would like to cook dinner “all by” herself, choose the recipe EVERYTHING. It was so easy for me to butt out as I was focused on my painting. She chose the recipe, worked out if we had the ingredients, found them,…

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…

Lockdown again

but yet scarily like our every day life.. There are the weird nature related tasks – making wands with flowers from the garden… The slightly less weird but unpredictable – this time mating snails… The eating in odd locations… Followed by some schoolish activities, not assigned by me but some of those activity styley maths…

Listening to my kid

Helena and her not quite 7 year old friend/neighbor are planning a lemonade stand. I’ve heard cooperation, them building on each others ideas and I’m listening now to how they keep each other focused on the task at hand. they are : Planning signs, bunting – marketing, presentation Making a list of what they need…

a great teacher

There is always someone organising something in the homeschooling community. From drama, special classes in the library, bike skills etc and we can either opt in or not. Sometimes I opt us in, or Helena wants to opt in because her friends are there or sometimes it is just what she wants to do. The…

A sick day..

Days on my practicum actually in a school = 6, days taken off to look after my sick child who got sick attending the same school = 3, so far… Days off sick from school seem to cause grown ups to believe two different things: 1) how dare they send their sick child to school…

A little learn

There is a very cool TV programme on TV on demand by the lovely comedian and historian Te Radar, called Te Radar’s checkered past. He looks at little bits of history in a humorous way, taking shots at the New Zealand character in a totally kiwi way. Like the guy who made his own boat…

Today’s random self assigned unassessed learning

We made some 3D flexagons because I assigned her this task because I thought she’d like it. Oh, did she complain! Mainly because a bit of it is quite difficult, and it was my idea so therefore my fault. Of course she did actually like it so then she made lots and eventually didn’t even…

Is lego just lego?

The kids are playing lego, or is it playing with lego? So far they have discussed: the increase of motivation you get when you are “paid”.. (they are paying each other in desirable pieces to find other pieces), equality, fairness, vegetarianism, the qualities of various pieces (using words to describe a piece in a mutually…

Weather studies and joy…

It rained so we visited our local bridge over a stream to see the flooding. It was a river. Our garage flooded. Then it rained on the day I have two kids who together turn into a noisy monster that needs to move it’s body in an expansive way and when I say rained I…