the Laws of physics

It’s a Tuesday so we have Helena’s friend over. They hadn’t seen each other for a while and the day before Helena had been so excited as had he but when they met they did the whole pretending they weren’t pleased thing. Where do they learn that? But it wasn’t long before they were revisiting…

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…

Removing the stress of writing.

Helena hates writing. Writing as in the act of making letters and spelling, not writing as in the ideas/concepts, and she even appears to like editing (or maybe not and she’s just very very good at it). Helena got me to give her a spelling test the other day – self directed, and probably because…

Some things don’t seem to get old…

Helena prepared this weeks ago. The first one was done years ago with animals and a whole scene in it. I remember freezing coloured water in balloons for playcentre even more years ago, the balloon ones all got smashed by being thrown within minutes of being presented. The ones at home never got thrown and…

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…

Chemistry 7 year old styley..

Chemistry is the properties of material and involves measuring stuff, adding things together watching (and some waiting) for reactions. Not if you are 7 and given free range to experiment. It’s adding everything and feeling it, the texture, colour, trying to get your mixture the same as your co-worker. It uses language like, ‘I added…

Topics…

I can’t say ‘doing’ a topic seems to work like I imagined. Mostly I don’t know what sort of topicish stuff Helena thinks about, I suspect that she sort of thinks about lots of things in the back of her mind while doing something else. We occasionally talk about stuff (as in not what her…

Look at that…

We brought some clear tubing today and it fitted perfectly on some glass bottles that I put food colouring in -initially just to pour down the tube but when the hose fitted so sungly into the bottles the game changed…. so there is 2 meters of tube with a bottle at each end with a…

Revisiting old things

One of the joys of homeschooling is that everything is there to be revisited, the topic isn’t “finished” we aren’t doing just space this term we’re still doing whatever, the art stuff isn’t in the store room, and time is flexible. Today Helena was making thank you cards, a task she willingly does and feels…

letting go of product…

Paper making – heres how it would go in a product atmosphere. Make the pulp, showing kids how to rip the paper into small pieces, having first removed anything unsuitable – sellotape, stables etc. Use boiling water to speed up process, probably even a blender to make pieces small.. Make the paper (the real activity?)…