a factory

The kids are not suited to factory work. My idea was to give them some thing to think about; process, where their food comes from, some grasp on how food is processed, and how other children’s lives were and still are in other places. Of course I didn’t as such say that to them… I…

Lego masters

We watch “reality” TV, namely Lego Masters, and Maker something. I read someone calling these sort of programmes soft TV. Everyone is nice, nice to each other, compliments other people’s work, gives positive feedback, there are hugs and when someone leaves tears. Helena has favourites! She talks about the ideas but only sometimes gets the…

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…

one Little thing

This morning I found some of these little shop things still wrapped and hid them on Helena’s bed, which she found so much earlier than I thought she would, ie. before bed time. Delighted Helena gave some to her friend, our 5 year old neighbor who is finally and thankfully in our bubble… it would…

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…

School as you play it

The kids got Explorer Packs from the Botanical gardens. They contain; a “work book,” pencils, a wooden bingo board of natural items, a laminated treasure hunt with whiteboard markers to tick off particular colours as you see them, duck food, an animal identification book and binoculars. All of which are not as Important as the…

Delegating

This is the Takaro tribe. They live in the internet/TV land and I am delegating to them Helena learning te reo Māori. I have made attempts but they flop – not directed by her, and we aren’t good at making habits. I just haven’t worked out the best formula for making it work. I want…

Maps..

Helena got lost recently, she went on ahead and when the somewhat slower 3 year old and I arrived she was gone. It was a very stressful hour as she happily went the wrong way, realised, turned around and came back. Unfortunately I’d given her the car key so couldn’t go looking. In some respects…

teachers strike

Just this teachers strike… It turns out breaking one’s wrist is not just inconvenient, it’s not overly painful, but sleep is hard and I now have to have an operation. I hate anaesthetic- well my guts do and it takes them months to get over themselves. So I’m on strike, well I’m not doing my…

Providing learning experiences..

Today I excelled…. Monday we went to a talk about this couch.Made by a group of community volunteers to commemorate the reopening of the Days Bay track that was wiped out by a big slip, it even took out the phone lines while my father was on the phone. It took years and a lot…