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….

random stuff of the week brought to you by rain

Rain, rain and more rain… It has rained every day for the last few weeks. Our garden is a bog, and a very muddy cold bog at that. We have been somewhat stuck inside – I know we could go brave the weather but neither of us want to…… So Helena has put her pile…

when to work

This photo is taken after dinner… Lego Masters is on TV, usually this means she’d be doing Lego H is filling in information about her family She is really looking at the cat so as to do a portrait of her We have been discussing her pepeha it’s work Jim but not as we know…

the farm

Yesterday Helena told me that although one of the projects (making an island) a friend of hers did at school appealed to her there were aspects she was glad she didn’t have to do with a similar project she is working on…. a project started months and months ago! One was that she got to…

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…

this is the best book on Education I have read…

Even reading it over my shoulder has inspired my child to write a poem. I don’t know where to start on saying how good it is. He really saw the children. The work they did was so fabulous. They did writing like you would a writing class for adults.. conversations with their peers! Once when…

it’s not fair

We have been back home from work in Wellington for 2 days. So far every morning Helena bounces out of bed and goes off to do one of her weird and wonderful tasks… In fact the moment we walked in the door off the bus she was making flour and water glue to start doing…