Monday, 15 October 2018

October and halloween activities for the worldschoolers

Programme the next week (15-19th october)

Monday 15th - 3 pm - join for a beautiful walk at the botanical gardens. We will have a look at the pumpkin exhibit. In the late afternoon the parents can enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the city by the vinoteka at the vineyard slopes. Its predicted to be 21c and sunny. More info

Tuesday 16th - 4.30 pm - Nursery rhymes and music. This is a group music workshop held EVERY TUESDAY  at Kino Pilotů, Vrsovice. Lessons are divided into two age groups; ages 1 - 3 y.o's (5.30 - 6.00 PM) and 4 - 7 y.o's (4.30 - 5.30 PM) More info


We can recommend these activities for Halloween: Most likely at least some worldschoolers will go to these, let us know by messaging or writing on the facebook page if you are going and Ill make groups if many people are going to the same ones.

21st october - Pumpkin play at the botanical gardens. More info

22nd october - Forest walk and play at Divoka Sarka nature reserve. Its quite a cool place with ravines and fairly wild nature for being so close to a big city.

25th october - Pumpkin carving at areal vltavanu 229 in Prague 4. You can enjoy the huge spiderweb playground as well. More info

26th october - Legoween - a lego workshop with a halloween theme at Kiddum. More info

27th october - The language school Superb Learning traditionally organizes Halloween for children 5 to 13 years. A day full of activities in English (games, singing song, carving pumpkins, crafting) and our Halloween Witches Masquerade Ball . The evening will finish with a competition for the best mask and scariest pumpkin. More info

29th october - Muddum halloween art camp. More info

3rd november - Halloween with Classacts filled with games, crafts, spooky stories, costume party and lantern parade through magnificent Vyšehrad park. More info

3rd november - Dia de los muertos - The day of the dead. Try this latinamerican holiday, with workshops for kids amongst other things. More info

Or this one the same day with kids workshops at a museum. More info

At pumpkin season - Visit a pumpkin farm outside of Prague. They have some animals too. Do you have a car and would like to go on an excursion? Lets figure a date and ill ask them for a group visit. More info

Picture from Divoka Sarka on the walk along the stream.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

This week between two conferences

We had an exhausting and exciting weekend with the decentralisation-conference Hackers congress. Luckily the grandparents came to look after the kids so that we can go to lectures. So we have been busy and i havent planned much worldschooling. But here are a few options for the rest of this week:

Thursday  10.15–11.30   - kids arts workshop at Narodni Galerie. We will meet at 10 am at the entrance. Although it says 1-5 years i think its ok for slightly older kids, i just guess they count on those being in school, so you can bring older kids and for much older kids there is art exhibitions worth going to. Depending on how many come we can make a group for older kids and those with younger kids can go to the arts workshop. After that we can have something at the child friendly cafe there and then go to Stromovka for a walk and play, We will go both this and next thursday. More info

Friday We are grateful for the lovely weather. We will make the most out of it and the beautiful weather, join us for a walk along the river and hang out it kampa gardens, we will bring a ball. Bring a picnic. 

Saturday/Sunday. For all peaceful parents and people interested in philosophy, bitcoin and freedom we welcome you to the European Philosophy Convention. Its held at Skautsky institut in old town. Entrance fee is voluntary. My boys will cater for some snacks and we will attend as much as we can, there will be some play area for the kids. More info HERE

For next week I would like your suggestions, we havent planned anything but will attend the arts workshop again on thursday.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Worldschoolers "DATA MAZE" workshop at DOX arts museum 2/11

The worldschoolers have a unique opportunity to participate in DOX workshop which is only available for us through Prague worldschooling. Its a customized event that is normally available for much older children and for schools. Ive arranged similar workshops before which have been enjoyed by the worldschoolers. It is in english, but we welcome czech speakers that are not fluent in english also. This event is for homeschoolers of all kinds and those that support homeschooling.

So when is it?

It is only held on Friday the 2nd of November at 11 o clock.

The cost:

Babies and toddlers up to 4 - 0 czk (the parents must look after them though)
Small kids from 5 - 50 czk
Adults that come also - 60 czk

The programme is originally for kids from 11 years and older but they are adapting this for us so its for kids from 7 and up. Kids that are older than 5 can participate as well but the parents have to help them if they need it. 

Its not for younger kids than that, but they are welcome too since I have made clear that we all have kids between 0 up to teens. They can watch or play by the side as long as the parents look after them. 

The modern art museum DOX is a pretty cool museum as you can read about here and here which you should visit at least once when in Prague. We have done workshops for worldschoolers twice before. See the video from the last DOX workshop at the bottom of this post.

Last time I arranged an event like this it filled up quickly. We were 50 worldschoolers including parents and children at the Planetarium excursion and I had to turn away 25 people that wanted to join us after the places were filled unfortunately. It was difficult to arrange that workshop with getting the list and the fee together so I will simplify it for all of us this time. There is limited spaces so it will be at "first come first served" basis. The group will be around 15 participants in the age asked for (7-11) plus all the family members from those same families.

How to secure your place:

You need to fill in this form with how many adults and kids you will pay for, and how many younger than 5s that you will bring. You are guaranteed a place when you have paid. You need to pay before filling in the form at least 7 days in advance so I will have everything prepared in time.

You can pay like this:

- Pay by bitcoin by scanning this QR code. This is my preferred method of payment. Its so easy and no fuss once you know how to use it. If not join one of our bitcoin meet ups.

- Pay by Paypal (ask me for the account by sending a message here or PM in Facebook.
- Come to one of our worldschooling meet ups and pay me (Caroline King) in person.
- I dont accept bank transfers.

Details of the meet up:

We will meet at the entrance of DOX at 10.45 am. Dont be late! But if you are ask in the reception for the Datamaze worldschooling workshop.

Information from DOX about the workshop:

How does my digital content get created? What all can be done with it? Who can access it? The objective of the DATA SHADOW programme is to talk with participants and reflect on what data they are creating, for example through social networks, messenger applications, or video streaming services, and whether they realize who can find it and what they can use it for. We live in an era of remixing, post-production, an open universe of networking – data is omnipresent and easily used.

In one of its projects the Tactical Tech organization works with the concept of a “digital shadow” – data that we create as we move through and participate in the internet without realizing it. These are various types of data (called metadata) that often is created with our agreement but without our awareness. One could say that we create it unintentionally. From thinking about this data that one does not directly generate oneself, one is only a few small steps away from thinking about the data that is the result of our activity in the digital world (called content).

The accompanying programme is adapted to the age of the group and contains discussions, activities within the exhibition, and a final workshop.

From one of our previous workshops based on Gullivers travels

After the workshop we will most likely go out for lunch in one of the really good (and affordable) places around here and after that probably head on to a nearby play ground for those that wants to join us.


Saturday, 22 September 2018

September activities

We have been more busy than we planned this September which is both nice and exhausting! There are so many things to do and many new worldschoolers have joined us which we are really happy about. I think there is almost room to divide Prague in local area groups if someone else want to join me in organizing the worldschoolers. Otherwise we will continue with activities mainly in Prague 7 and sometimes for the other areas.

We dont often go to Prague 4. I think its a rather messy modern part of town that is slightly hard for us to reach. But there is the beautiful forest Kunratice les, and many activities are there as well. So we have gone there a couple of times this month.

We went to a artisan workshop activity with a friend where we could try different things. My son tried being a blacksmith and with some help made his own nail. The kids also made necklaces and bounced on the trampoline. They seem to have this kind of place in the different areas of Prague. Its so nice! We then went to a fun park with a swimming fountain place and where the held an RC plane competition on the grass.

My littlest one became sick this week. With school starting again comes also school germs and since worldschooled kids hang in the same places as school kids they get it as well. We arranged a BBQ this week for the worldschoolers. But more than half that were suppose to come were sick. And my littlest one had a really tough time with 3 nights in a row of trouble to sleep because of all the snot. I felt like a wandering zombie from being seriously sleep deprived thinking how should i proceed with this day? But we made it anyway - me and our two eldest boys and we had a really nice time. To my surprise a couple of new really nice families turned up, and there was good weather and a fire and happy kids and parents so it turned out well anyway.

Because so many were sick we are doing a 2nd BBQ this friday so they can join and some families from last time would go again I think. The weather is cooler now so it will be nice also. This friday we will also have a Bitcoin tour of Holesovice prior to the BBQ. Those that are really interested in Bitcoin and austrian economics but cant make it this Friday will have another opportunity in a couple of weeks time.

The week after this one we plan to take a break from organized worldschooling activities as we will be busy with family and attending the decentralization conference "Hackers congress". They usually have talks on education and unschooling also. Bitcoin and unschooling goes hand in hand. The tickets for this event is sold out since spring time but some people that cant attend are selling their tickets here. I can highly recommend this conference having attended two years in a row before.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Bitcoin family-picnic in Stromovka

It's nice that there are enough families here to get together a bitcoin family picnic. I had invited our bitcoin friends and families who were interested in bitcoin. Bitcoin has a lot in common with unschooling..I wish more would see the connection! We packed the stroller full of chocolate muffins and salmon sandwiches which we had prepared in the morning. The picnic area was decorated with yellow balloons with the bitcoin "₿" on. There were 3 Swedish families plus some more swedes and Kristyna which was the only czech person as well as a Brazilian / Finnish family who found us by chance. The majority of us were Swedish speakers except 3 people, which was extraordinary because its not usually like that. 

In the background, you can see the boat which you pull with the rope to get to the "island" of the dam.

Picture taken by Mikaela. Here you can see exactly what it is like to not let go of a running one-year-old with your eyes while making coffee at the portable gas stove!
Advanced bitcoin-talk going on.

The water was a little too cold to swim in today so Edward was happy with just pouring with the water can. Next week it will be around 29 degrees again.
In the dam on the other side there were huge fishes that looked like carps as you can see in the picture if you look closely. There were perchants as well.
The new family. One can see that Edward has been on the go and spread popcorn everywhere on the picnic blanket.

Practical to breastfeed wherever you are!

Play fighting with 3 little boys.

We decided to move on because of the beer-needy adults and the need for a change of environment.

The Vozovna playground has a restaurant / pub attached so the children can run around at the large playground or climb the trees next to us while the adults take it easy.
With the exception of Edward of course. One person can never relax as to make sure that he doesnt hurt himself or run away.
The Stromovka Park has really got a facelift. Renovation is still underway, but there are many beautiful parts, and it is nice to have greenery here when you live in town.
Want to learn more about bitcoin in Prague? Visit the unique bitcoin café Paralelni Polis! Do you want to know where the beautiful park is located? Here is a map! The map needle is located near the pond by the boat. The playground pub / restaurant is called Restaurace Vozovna.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Learning about economics - capitalism in action in Stromovka!

A fellow worldschooler friend had a great idea: to have an autumn fair where the kids could sell things they made. We thought we would arrange it on a Saturday so that the whole families could join. You never know what to expect with the worldschoolers here. If just one family or fifty turns up. They are so unpredictable! So we had no idea about today apart from that we knew for sure that four families would come.

In our home we started the day with a quick breakfast and then baking. The kids got to choose what they would bake. We have a swedish cake book and usually use recipes online for baking. We usually twist it as none of us like to follow instructions completely. Winston chose a sponge cake and Henry "kärleksmums" which means "love yum" in Swedish. It's a chocolate kind of a cake with coffee glazing. 

I got the things out and the dad took the baby out to the play ground. Henry and Winston had a bowl each. I just whipped the eggs and sugar. Otherwise they made the cakes pretty much by themselves. A lot of things to take into account. Measuring. Temperatures. What order to do things in.

They decorated their creations with the buttery glazing (coffee and chocolate for Henrys cake and vanilla for Winstons) as well as a candy topping and so we packed the stroller with all the stuff and went to the park. Elena arrived on time with her oldest displaying their waffles and cinnamon cookies. They were really cheap. A new family turned up as well with two boys. They had a table with a clear sign saying their chocolate chip cookies were only 5 Kč.

I realised we set the prices too high and wondered how the others would make a profit. We had a long discussion at home what the costs are for us and how much we need to make to not make a loss. There was some room for lower prices. Winston changed his price and I suggested a 10 Kč discount to Henry, so the "love yums" were only 20 Kč now. They have a lot of chocolate and candy on.

Winston brought the gas stove and offered coffee. It's well needed always with some caffeine for tired parents! I ordered two cups and so did some other parents. 

Seeing the amount of worldschoolers coming to buy and sell stuff from each other wasn't a huge qtty and we quickly went through our 3 "market stalls" and tried everything we understood that we had to change our plans. There were plenty of families and old people going for a stroll on the path near the tree we were under so one by one we moved closer and closer to the path and also made some new signs. And to get the attention for the passer byers we taught our children how to shout in czech swedish cakes and so you could hear Henry on the top of his voice shouting "Svedske dorty!". Winston sold out all of his cakes first and got to take over two of Henrys last cakes.

Some families stopped by and bought things. The new american/czech family had good sales. The mum was a good example of how to sell making some loud and efficient advertising for their only 5 Kč "susenky". We felt the competition against each other and improved our tactiques. By 2 hours we had sold almost everything and ate the last three kärleksmums quickly while the boys had gotten bored and were playing by the tree.

When they didnt sell anything we discussed what makes a sale? What makes people want to buy things? How to better improve for next time? We had wasps visiting Winstons cake stall and when he was running away from the wasps (and the stall) he also ran away from the customers. Many went from our stalls to the two cheaper ones. The wasp was trapped in a clear cup and hidden under the small folding table. For some reason other wasps didnt come back while this one was trapped. Maybe it sent out some kind of warning signal to keep away? 

The boys were learning so many things in this exercise. What are people prepare to spend at this kind of location? What makes them curious to come and have a closer look? And finalize the transaction? How do you set prices and how do you make a profit?

We also know our costs. We had used 1,5 packets of butter and high quality ingredients for the two cakes. The butter was our biggest expense. We should have marketed the butter a bit more. We also know that we didnt make a loss. We set the price correctly for this kind of cake. 

We know also that a clearer sign and attractive display lured more people to come closer. As we improved we had more sales. Until there was almost nothing to display anymore. The abundancy attracts as well. The boys were overall very happy with the experience and the fruits of their labour. They got to keep everything they made - contrary to the working adults that have to pay taxes! We should advance and introduce it on the next event for a learning experience as well! 

They are saving all at the moment..well they are saving up a little more to afford a nerf gun they wanted. So they are already planning on their next sales pitch for selling cakes to a nearby cafe!

Monday, 27 August 2018

Not back to school - time for the homeschoolers to come out!

Ive added some events on Facebook.

1 st september - ice cream breakfast meet up

5th september - reclaim the play grounds! (in stromovka)

8th september - autumn fair for the worldschoolers. Really hoping that all worldschoolers in Prague will come and participate!

13th september - autumn bbq for the worldschoolers

15th september - Bitcoin family picnic. unschooling and bitcoin has so much in common. Like its decentralised! If you´re already a bitcoin family you will feel at home here. If you are curious, and still a no coiner, this is the family picnic to go to to learn about it!

We always have things going on and we are always friendly to new families so if you would like to join our regular activities you can also message us. We do like science and lego always, and id like to start a chess group and football meet up club for the kids. We go swimming often also. And were always looking for stuff. Do you happen to know a piano teacher? Or a homeschooling nanny? Most of the things we do are planned the same day we do them. Or just happen. But these things above.. we can commit to them and we hope that you can too! As always, you need to tell me before so I know how many people to expect. By messaging or saying that youll attend on facebook. If you dont already, please give a like to our page Prague worldschooling so you wont miss what we post there.