Yesterday we had a home ed trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace.  Was more than a little stressful in the run up (collecting payments was a bit blood from a stone like and lots of changes from my original list to those who were actually there on the day) but day ran lovely and smoothly.

Everyone was there pretty much on time or managed to let me know before I left the house which is all I ask.  Venue were lovely and accommodating.  Gentleman running the workshop was great with the children and they were all great; lively and engaged.  Educationally it’s always hard to say what they gain from it.  Tend to find workshops are often quite basic in terms of knowledge and when with friends having fun takes priority.  I believe the experiences accumulate and knowledge is built on and made sense of, usually shows itself weeks later.  There is a balance, if a topic is new and I want to ignite an interest usually just me and him works better, however with an established interest or something more random being with friends opens his eyes again and reawakens interest.

Dressed upSAM_2128 Arch building
SAM_2130 Mosaic makingSAM_2133 Roman kitchen with busy slavesSAM_2135 BuildingSAM_2137 Fishbourne is of course most famous for it’s mosaics but these mostly passed the by the kids SAM_2136 SAM_2139 SAM_2140 Garden was where they wanted to be. SAM_2142 SAM_2143SAM_2144

After a nippy picnic we headed off.  At home Sam got out a mosaic kit we’d bought and made a dolphin mosaic coaster (note the concentration so tongue out :))SAM_2146 SAM_2148

Bit more mosaic making today.  A Lego one this time.  A lot of time was spent spinning it to see how the middle made a circle.


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