the week that was

About an hour ago I was feeling totally successful. I felt we had accomplished a lot during the week. Our meeting on Monday was actually kinda fun – I went through the areas of the NZ curriculum (that I said I’d use in my homeschool application) and we thought about whether we had done something…

colouring in

I found some posters that my mother brought way back when and Helena is colouring them in. I kinda thought of this as a filler activity, a little mindless fun. H thought differently… so far we have used many reference books (contents, index, scientific names vs common names), she has used the internet to look…

Waiting

We have had test tubes and various other scientific equipment for years. I have even made Helena a mad scientist dress up/lab coat aka a clothes protector… It is usually me who gets out the stuff as a provocation to play with it. My Dad talks science as often as he can. My sister gave…

everyday can be an opportunity..

A little thing I have noticed is that when we had to get up for school it was an effort, when we get up for Everyone Out it is an effort, even though we really like it, yet when we get up at home on the whole Helena bounds out of bed whether I am…

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…