Writing

I read a little friend’s school report and there was one sentence that struck a chord with me which approximately goes “… is not keen on writing in a teacher directed task.” The keen part is not a direct quote as I’m sure the word was more teachery. I thought both ‘why would he?’ and…

War

At the holiday programme the kids like to play war “lots of war… raaaaa”  and we let them. It looks like chaos, lots of kids running around with long bamboo sticks and a few with bows and arrows all pointed at people with the accompanying loud roars. Hardly anyone gets hurt, and none badly. We…

What we did today

Helena has this idea for a book she wants to write where the facing pages will be black with white writing and white with black writing. One side is reality and the other is life inside the mind – probably because she is always away with the fairies. This is my version. The stuff in…

Pulling apart

Helena has decided pulling things apart is fun. We had a free view box that no longer works. It’s hard to teach kids about Electronics when this is what they look like. I remember making a radio that I had to solder but there weren’t that many pieces and it wasn’t a difficult map but…

Synchronicity

Helena brought this with some of her birthday money. It was something that she’d wanted for ages… A lockable journal… the lockable part was the important part it’s glitteryness just a bonus. I actually remember really wanting and having something like this. It was like reliving a part of myself, though I had no secrets….

Feeding babies

Our garden is in an autumnal mood… it’s damp (even boggy), there is moss, and very few flowers. but we are kind of stuck in it, with the whole lockdown thing… Helena likes to be outside, especially apparently in Autumn…. and is now wearing t-shirts and shorts after her summer of leggings and long sleeved…

the feather lesson plan series..

It is hard to say what the starting point of this “lesson” was. I suspect it was re-finding the feathers in the draw we call the bits and bobs box. It did start as a box but had to expand as our collection of little bits of string and wire and corks and much much…

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…

Routines

Apparently maintaining routines is good…. It’s 11:30 and I am about to suggest that Helena gets dressed. I think I can tick maintaining routines off. Dad’s reading in the sunporch… I am about to join them. I quite like this routine.

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…