in the pursuit of science 2…

Equipment: Books Internet Method: We are doing the KCC challenges and one is find a new bug. So we’ve been keeping our eyes open for interesting bugs and we found this one.. Next step: what is it? We look up in Explanatorium of Nature (awesome book) which we have out of the library and identity its parts….

in the pursuit of science 1…

Equipment  Car Chalk Blocks Ramp Method Make a ramp one block high and roll a car down it, seeing how far it goes and mark the position with a chalk. Repeat but this time make the ramp two blocks high. Theory: “my theory is that maybe with one less block the car wouldn’t go so…

money money money… sea treasure! (weekend school)

Helena and her friend collected 185 sand dollars… independently while spending hours out on the sea on boogie boards while their adults watched from a considerable distance and let them do science. We counted them We watched them We talked about the small area they got them from, so how many are there… millions? We…

the weird stuff kids do (25.09.18)

These are called springs. You make them by folding, Helena can now do this extreeeemly quickly and with her eyes shut. There is now a basket of 80 of them “two more sets of 10 and there will be 100” sitting on her desk, as well as some cut card waiting for her to make…

it’s all about the process but I wish I had cleaners….

the table we eat all our meals at between meals….. the bedroom floor… the desk that can’t be used due to the mess created while using it…. Last week our virtue was cleanliness (partly a er sort of joke…) but the house was somewhat cleaner for that week. It is a hard road to navigate…

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…

the fine line of art with kids.. (05.09.18)

So the quandary is do you get the kids to do it your way? I saw the best art lesson ever as a beginning teacher in Marie Hickey’s class. She had a chair on a table in the middle of the room and the kids were all at their own desks around it and she…

Thursday pm (30.08.18)

What I saw (in-between doing my own thing) was a kid in flow…. this was a sustained activity punctuated by excitedly telling me what she was doing. It all had to do with colour, food colouring. The process started with the making of the colour in the palette – using words like complimentary, opposite. There…

eating science (24.08.18)

The other day we tried working out the density of rocks but it didn’t really work -the whole problem of two variables not one and so I thought I’d revise our density experiment but re-brand it as dom dom dom the “density cake experiment…” Helena likes to make these things we call microwave potions, my…

it’s Physical Education/health… (21.08.18)

Mixed with a little bit of physical geography… slope stability? Hmmm maybe I should make it history and show Helena pictures of music festivals and hippies! We went to the beach with the Tuesday homeschooling group and even better, a beach we’d never been to before. I think of the homeschooling group as all the…