I firmly believe that the best way to learn is to experience. I know Sam only remembers a small fraction of the trips and activities we’ve done but that’s enough and I see and hear him making links all the time so even that which he can’t consciously remember sinks in.
When opportunity for free tickets for a Winter community/schools concert at Shakespeare’s Globe dropped into my email box (top home ed hint – get yourself on every educational mailing list going!) I couldn’t resist.
It was such a fabulous place, amazing building and lovely atmosphere. We had the excitement of being given seats in the gentry box too! Concert was lovely too.
We had a list of potential places to visit lined up after but as we’d walked along the South Bank the Christmas festival was much bigger than anticipated. So since everyone had been ill and no one was over blessed with energy plus we were seriously weighed down. Neither of us could resist these but not the lightest thing to carry.
Also couldn’t resist stocking up on weapons on a really fabulous stall. Better quality and cheaper than EH, the usual stockist of Sam’s armoury. There were some lovely stalls actually and cheaper in general than usual Christmas market.
Those children don’t do the posing for photos thing well. Unless they have weapons it seems 😀
Another lovely day and definitely need to go and watch some Shakespeare at the Globe at some point in the not too distant future.
I jokingly said to a teacher friend this morning that I might have to resort to calling in my substitute teacher today (Pete and I have come down with what Jack had last week), the TV 🙂
We do love a good documentary and try to have one on the go tieing into our current topics. We don’t have one at the moment though, I’d recorded something about the brain but on closer look it was about experimenta psychology and I could see it not going down well with Sam so in the end we settled on last years RI Christmas Lectures – obviously I’ve had a healthy year if we’ve not got around to these yet 😀
We’ve actually achieved a surprising amount considering how rotten I feel. Sam is going through a spell of self motivation and is happy working at ‘sit down at the table stuff’ rather than our usual more hands on approach.
He’s worked on story telling and started preparing a speech, started to get to grips with Latin grammar not just vocab, practiced Spanish, we’ve read lots on the jobs of the brain and worked though loads of memory games and activities (and improved his Scratch memory game), completed his unit study on countries of Asia, read lots of the History of Asia and had a lot of fun with maths. He’s looking at patterns and algebra and we’ve been doing investigations with Pascal’s Triangle and Fibonacci sequences – exactly the sort of maths that he loves.
Snotty nose, sore chest and almost no sleep in 3 nights aside, it hasn’t been a bad couple of days.
If you haven’t noticed we’ve been studying Queen Victoria this term. We started with a trip to Kensington Palace, her birthplace, and the plan was to end with a trip to Osborne House. I hadn’t realised that it closed for the winter season though so plans had to be tweaked and we left it for a few weeks and went this weekend when their Victorian Christmas event was on. Was absolutely lovely and puts Portsmouth Dockyard’s event to shame. Definitely need to go back now I know how easy it was when the rest of the house is open and we can do the beach and Swiss Cottage.
Sorry for the masses of not great photos (no flash and rooms in shade) but hopefully here’s a little taste of the house decked out for Christmas.
Outside there were regular shows including falconry and a fire-eater and a flea circus, bands, musical organ, Santa, traditional hoopla, coconut shy, a carosel and swings. All free, only thing extra to pay for once in was food.
There were some lovely views back across the Solent too.