Listening to my kid

Helena and her not quite 7 year old friend/neighbor are planning a lemonade stand. I’ve heard cooperation, them building on each others ideas and I’m listening now to how they keep each other focused on the task at hand. they are : Planning signs, bunting – marketing, presentation Making a list of what they need…

Cool stuff

We get to do some cool stuff. together… This was a knife making workshop in the weekend (I think there were school kids there) that was arranged through the homeschool community and as usual in homeschool things the adults stayed and joined in. Best of all was that it was run by two homeschooled kids…

Free ranging

No grown ups are allowed past this arrow.. I haven’t been past the arrow. The kids found this “awesome fort” after they went down a track to the other campground all by themselves (at 8,8,7, and 4 years old) and then they walked back along the road by themselves. I had total trust they would…

Mixed age play

When we put children in a classroom full of children the same age what happens is we reduce learning opportunities. Why do we do it? A lot of this is due to institutional structures. In Early Childhood you have to have particular ratios of adults to children which is all decided by the age of…

learning from one’s peers

Helena had to, and wanted to, write a birthday card for her cousin. She had plans about the layout and getting to draw hearts but her friend was here…. fortunately for everybody her enthusiasm and joy about the task was enough to entice her friend (who is not a big drawer or writer) to the…