Saturday, 12 December 2009

Where does the time go

It has been a very busy two weeks.  The boys have been doing their normal maths, science, english, history and Spanish, but this week in particular we have been out and about quite a bit.

Outings include:
Cinema-Glorious 39- this added to the boys knowledge about the lead up to the Second World War.  This was the first time they had ever heard about the appeasement policy.

Swimming-while there, one of the mum's lent us a DVD of Shakespeare retold.  We spent a couple of days watching modern versions of Macbeth, Midsummers Night Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Much ado about Nothing.

Bishops House-Tudor Times.  We learned about the fascinating history of the house and the family that lived there.  The boys got to try writng with quills and made lavender pomanders.  They were particularly fascinated with the cross bow, gun, and boots from the time, as boys would.  I found the embroidered bed cover, curtains and bed hangings to be more my thing.  It was fascinating to how the house changed over the years with the good fortunes of the family that lived there. 

Bloc- D did another day at the art studios.  They did about mirroring and experimented with drawing using a mirror as a guide and transposing patterns.  He enjoyed this day more than the first which must mean things can only get better.  They are planning more sessions in the new year.

Heeley Farm- they had an eco session at the South Yorkshire Energy Centre.  This ended up being very practical for us, as we came away with information on how to get our walls insulated with a grant.  The boys are now thinking up of more ways we can save energy and money!

D has also been baking again,  This time we had some plaited bread rolls, and very tasty they were too.  He has more plans for this week and hopefully, we can get pictures before everything gets eaten.

The boys have one more week before they go away, so we will be getting the house and animals all sorted before they leave.

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