I’ve become a bit obsessed with Cuisenaire Rods. I’m currently learning what can be achieved with them and trying to figure out casual and fun ways to learn with them.
I’m developing a bit of an obsession with how to teach maths and I’m using this blog to take notes as I go. I’ve been spending countless hours researching better ways of teaching. I’ve convinced myself that the way school teaches math just isn’t much fun. Not only that, it’s totally (or mostly) irrelevant in … [Read more…]
I’ve been experimenting with how to approach maths with my boys and to be honest none of them have stuck. Often they would get on with what I had challenged with them, but there was something really niggling at me that it just didn’t feel right. I’ve tried books. I’ve tried a couple of online … [Read more…]
My boys are Minecraft mad. It’s December. I looked for some Minecraft snowflake templates and couldn’t find any. So I created some. This is how they came out. I quite like the result of the Minecraft sword, at first glance it really isn’t apparent what it is. Download Minecraft Snowflake Template (PDF)
Aaron loves to read. I can’t stop him. I thought I’d look back at what he has been reading since he started unschooling (in February). These are books that we have checked out of the library. I believe he has read a good 90% of these. This does not include the 20-30 books we have … [Read more…]
My youngest (2.5 yrs old) started at a local Montessori Nursery recently. It’s great to see him becoming more independent. He now talks to us proudly about doing his ‘work’. He says, ‘I want to go to nursery to do my work’. It’s very cute to hear, but I think there is an underlining importance … [Read more…]
So nice to see common sense from a young unschooler 🙂
There’s alot of adapting going on at the momemt. Ben has only recently started homeschooling (July or September if we go by the academic year). We went on a 5 week trip to California. We’ve been back 24 days. The first couple of weeks were hard to get back into things. We had jet lag. … [Read more…]
I expected change, but the way things are changing aren’t really what I had envisioned. My life has changed quite alot in the past year. Not according to plan – things just happened. I love the changes. Somehow I’ve gone from full time education or child care for my boys to full time homeschooling mother … [Read more…]
I find that the most thoughtful and educational conversations happen in the car. Typically on a journey of 10+ minutes. It might sound strange at first, but in reality I think it makes total sense. At least for those that don’t have TVs or gadgets in the car. When driving you have nothing else to … [Read more…]
We’re trying out a new maths program with my boys. Ben called me for help on a question and we kept getting it wrong. The question was about selecting factors of 48. There were several numbers to choose and we kept missing one of them out. So I got my calculator out to double check … [Read more…]
I came across this post about a family looking for guides for their new to homeschooling children. It’s an interesting angle, and certainly something that appeals to me. Rather than having a tutor for a very specific subject, it makes sense to have someone (who is not the parent) to guide your kids along the … [Read more…]
I often think homeschooling is about removing what we don’t like and encouraging more of what we do. We have more control over things. If we try out a class and we don’t like it or the teacher then we don’t continue. In school you’d have no choice. If we don’t like hanging out with … [Read more…]
Nice talk about schools and what they need to do to shift away from the old ways in an age of technology abundance.