two weeks out

We are so incredibly lucky! We got to spend two weeks totally out of our normal life volunteering for the Department of Conservation at a Lodge at Nydia bay. Only 5 hours of power a day, no cellphone reception… no roads, shops and not even many people! We got dropped there by boat with our…

risky play

The kids lit this fire.. they sorted themselves about keeping each other safe – the big ones decided they should light the fire, there was a discussion on the wind. There was some kind of close/ too close circle rule… They went and got sunglasses for the smoke, they also went and got the marshmallows…

still filing

H is still following her filing schema.. But it is getting more complicated… or is it more recognisable. The library now has categories: making and doing, then alphabetical by author’s first name with a small non fiction bit at the end.. the chapter books are on a different shelf, also alphabetically by author’s first name,…

learning from your kids

I am starting, at 52, to enjoy Shakespeare after nearly 40 years of total aversion. Why? Because my child loves the language and the drama of it all. Weirdo. She is at the moment at the end of the table reciting from a book of Shakespeare’s poems and excerpts from plays… getting more and more…

learning for your kids

I have done role playing because I had friends who were really into it (and some still play) but I was really just a visitor – I turned up, played (and enjoyed my self) but I didn’t learn how to run a game, how to be the one responsible, how it all worked. I saw…

the Cello

Or as I initially wrote the Chello. It was Helena’s idea that she wanted to learn the cello, I was dubious as I wasn’t sure she knew what one was but then she knew how to spell cello before I did. We have been listening to classical music for a while – my music Education…

Argh

I don’t know what to do. After a week of Helena madly working on paper dolls… well they started off paper dolls with photocopied cut out clothes (she’s not interested in designing her own) but blue tacking the clothes on was unsatisfactory so then it was tiny tabs, then tiny magnets followed by gluing the…

drive

I love my job. I think it is because there is so much to watch and think about. I get so much energy from the children. It’s like their excitement is contagious. It feels like you are somehow involved in the most exciting project ever and there is no boss to take you back to…

I believe this..

We can not teach someone something unless there are one or more of the following conditions: The thing is actually relevant to a learner’s genuine life. The learner genuinely finds the subject/thing actually interesting (this one is hard as you don’t always know what you will find interesting) and this can also be because the…

Another benefit of homeschooling..

I was at a quilting retreat in the weekend and there was a woman there who had had to put her kids in The Correspondence School because her husband had a job in the middle of nowhere, she was not someone who chose homeschooling, and her kids did regular school before and after this period….