Doing something wrong

Yesterday I was annoyed by a child that was exhibiting all the characteristics I think are important; creative, independent of body and thought, acting on their desires, go getting it, trying to make things actually happen, questioning authority, reasoning, and negotiation, but what did I do? I resorted to being ‘the authority.’ I said “no”…….

STEaMs

Is an acronym, in our little jargon world of acronyms, for Science, Technology, Engineering, a very little a for art (just a token), and Maths… Today I heard it called what it really is, “job training”, readying our kids for those jobs of the future. It has become a buzz word, something your kid needs…

An ode to playcentre that was.

I am watching my 7 year old play. She is playing “play school” (called this as she is the only parent there), there are many students (soft toys). They all have different needs and enjoyments, “this one likes making stick houses, this one makes rivers using pipes and cutting them and putting stones in them…

School on sunday..

Today is the 100th anniversary of the end of world war 1. I had no intention of commemorating it. I spend a lot of my time helping children work out ways of solving problems without violence, and they can and they don’t have fully developed brains. But there was a lot of conversation about it…

to computer or not to computer

Pros: The kids are talking to each other about how to do the ‘game’ Turn taking and much negotiation Fine motor skills Laughter I don’t have to ‘do’ anything No cleaning up Cons: Now it’s all they want to do, I’m having to exercise control over myself as they continue to ask to play again……

stamp Thursday (26 July 2018)

Today turned out to be accidentally all about 10, mainly due to stamps. I say accidentally but there was some method, after all she had chosen 10 as our number of the week. The number of the week was initially her idea at the beginning of last term but jumped on by me and my…