Thursday, March 19

Happenings

I haven't updated in a little while, for a few reasons but namely, for this blog's records, that Miss6 was ill. Some unknown stomach thing. She's all recovered and back to her bouncy self.

We had lots of days indoors healing, then out for a walk to a neighboring town that has an old ruin of a motte and bailey. Tying in wonderfully with her studies on the Middle Ages. Although just a set of ruined walls, she thought it was brilliant, and knew that the stones she touched and sat upon had been touched by real knights!




Once a month we have Art at the Museum. A museum person there offered the home educated community a free session. Sometimes it's very arty and other times it's walks around the museum and looking closer at artifacts.This was our first time and we tried drawing challenges, such as using our non-dominant hand, using two pens at once, and ended with charcoal fun. We used stuffed birds as our models.

We took a quick trip to the library with her friend B and they registered and picked up their passports to the Children's University. A fabulous scheme nationwide in the UK. It's for every child, and it's to recognize outside-of-school learning.

It is of course especially brilliant for home educated children. Many of those visits, workshops, learning sessions, and events we attend (if accredited by the CU) get to be noted. They receive 'stamps' in their passport according to the number of hours of each activity. Over time these add up for certificates and eventually a degree, which involves an actual graduation ceremony.

Friday, March 6

Joan of Arc

I think that the first mention of Joan of Arc was within one of her Middle Ages books 2 or 3 weeks back. Which, as any female knight would, led to discussion.

We watched this youtube video - warrior women.
A couple of scenes I muted and covered her eyes, but otherwise it wasn't too bad. Although it does of course involve war, battles, and an inquisition.


Avoid Being Joan of Arc!
Joan of Arc, Stanley

Then off adventuring!



Made her own sword and banner, had the shield from a couple of weeks back, and apparently yesterday's leopard mask was essential.

She's ready to defend her castle, but knows that cleverness and compassion are also weapons of peace! Love it.

Monday, March 2

Middle Ages II

So continuing her Middle Ages study, including lots of Knights and Castles stuff....

A few more books to support:







And the Marguerite book inspired her own little project, making a teeny book, with a couple of pages, and fancy design borders around the images.