Over the last couple of weeks we’ve finally had some summer weather and have enjoyed several days out at the beach. We are very fortunate to have so many different beaches on our doorstep but we don’t always visit them as much as we could.
We had lots of fun working our way through the menu at this seafood shack and trying some things we’d never had before. My mum recently lent me the book “French Kids Eat Everything”, which is a very interesting and thought-provoking read. In the spirit of trying more new foods, the children and I have agreed to try and buy a fresh food item that we’ve never had before every time we do the shopping.
Tabitha enjoyed sewing this felt elephant from a kit she was given.
We went on a Farm To Fork visit at Tesco with some other home educators. We had a tour around the bakery, chiller, freezer and warehouse, but Tabitha’s favourite was the fish counter where they got to handle some of the fish. At the end there was a tasting session and Aaron bravely tried some blue cheese.
We’ve been picking an incredible amount of strawberries from the allotment. I think the most so far was nine punnets in a day! We often have two or three punnets in the fridge and they need eating up within a day or two as they don’t seem to keep for long. The gooseberries mysteriously disappeared before they could be harvested and there are lots of currants ripening. We haven’t done much digging lately because it’s been too hot a lot of the time!
We had our first go at making strawberry jam. We used Certo (liquid pectin), which seems to make a very runny jam that is more like a sauce, but it’s very tasty!
On one of the hottest days so far we drove to the park in a nearby town and alternated between the paddling pool and the playground, with ice creams afterwards.
There has been lots of large-scale collaborative drawing going on lately.
We’ve also had less screen time and it’s been nice to see Aaron engaging in more creative and imaginative play.
Colin’s cousin has gone trekking in the Himalayas for four weeks. While he is gone, we will be tracking his location online and doing a project about India. The children helped me put together this giant poster which we will add to over the next month.
We’ve been reading some Indian stories and finding out about the lives of children who live in India from the book “Children Just Like Me”. Aaron was amazed to find out that Meena’s family use cow dung for the walls of the house and also as fuel for their cooking fires.
Today we had a lovely time at Bideford Heritage Day with historical reenactors. The fletcher told us how boys in medieval times would have to learn to shoot with a long bow and the various career paths that were open to them depending on their skill and their family’s wealth, from clodhoppers to squires.
Some of the ladies told us about the food and herbal remedies they were preparing.
We saw wool which had been spun from sheep and goats and then dyed with natural dyes from plants, berries and tree bark, and we watched a lady making baskets.
There was a demonstration of different weapons including broad swords, axes, polearms and daggers, and we learned some fighting tactics.
We watched a musket being fired, which was very loud! We also saw lead being melted down to make bullets.
We learned about pikemen.
The local bat rescue lady told us that she currently has seventeen baby bats which require feeding every couple of hours throughout the day and night.
Aaron had the opportunity to try on a set of armour to feel how heavy it was.
He also had a go at pulling a crossbow string back and told the man all about his own little crossbow at home.
Colin thinks we should have something like this to cook on when we go camping!
The last event of the day was the tournament and the children cheered enthusiastically for their favourite participants!
I really love these local reenactment events, it’s such a fantastic hands-on way for the children to learn about history. It’s something we’d like to get involved in one day (maybe when we are old retired grandparents!) but for now it is rather too costly a hobby.