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Cimabue Artist Study for Homeschoolers

This post will teach you how to create a wonderful immersive Cimabue artist study perfect for homeschoolers. First, I will introduce Cimabue, an Italian painter and mosaic-maker of the 1200s. Second, I will direct you to another post which will teach you a simple method of making tempura paints similar to those Cimabue would have…

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Literature Studies: Chaucer – A Play of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale

We only do Chaucer studies once a week on a Tuesday, or at least that is the plan.  I have, as always, over estimated what we can fit in, so the children aren't getting much time to do each activity.  Sometimes that is good.  The last activity felt pressurised and therefore less enjoyable.  This activity…

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Literature Studies: Chaucer – A Retelling of a Knight’s Tale?

The first tale I chose to focus on was the Knight's Tale because it is the tale from which Shakespeare took his inspiration for 'The Two Kinsmen' and 'A Midsummer night's Dream'.  We will be studying Shakespeare for a whole year and 'A Midsummer Night's dream is my very favourite play of his, and probably…

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Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: Setting the Scene

Although traditionally Chaucer is taught to children older than 12, the Canterbury Tales are far too good to postpone, especially as I will only be studying the Middle Ages once with the older children.  Just because it is written in language which may be hard to understand doesn't mean we should be literary snobs and insist that Chaucer…

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Project Based Learning : The Black Death

Not the most inviting of titles but a subject which has gripped my children.  As we near the end of the second week of a six-week term I thought I would write more specifically about the projects the children have chosen to do. I am so incredibly excited about our new 'project based' status!  My school…

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Plans for this Term

We have a short six-week term ahead of us and are planning to keep ourselves busily ensconced in project work.  Our experiment last term was so successful that the children had been begging to start school again last week, with T12 getting quite antsy that he didn't have something to get his teeth into. We…

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Medieval Banquet

We did it.  After almost twelve weeks of preparation and work, and feeling like we would simply never be ready, the day of the banquet arrived.  It went well, really well.  The children did their presentations and answered our guest's questions fairly intelligently.  The food was remarkably good, considering we used authentic medieval recipes and…

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Medieval Banquet Preparation

They say it's all in the prep, and who am I to argue?  So we went at it with attitude.  Well, at least I did.  The children didn't really catch on until the day of the banquet when they miraculously turned into mini Super men and women, whizzing around enthusiastically (well, nearly) doing my every…

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A Literary Approach to the Hundred Year War

Otherwise known as the Lazy parent's guide to teaching The Hundred Year War!  Yes, I am all warred out.  We have covered the Crusades in-depth and T12 has been learning all about the War of the Roses and concurrently we have been learning about the Hundred Year War.  Enough already!  Stop the fighting!  Claire is…

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Medieval Fashions: Knight’s Lady

C11 is doing her presentation at the feast on medieval fashions.  She had made a fabulous start, creating a hand sewn costume for her medieval peasant doll.  It had taken her much longer than anticipated, leaving only three weeks until the date of the feast to have her next costume completed by.  This costume was…

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Medieval Feast: Meringue Swan Subtleties

For more information about medieval subtleties see here L11 had a few different ideas for subtleties (small favours served between courses).  She has already made some marzipan 'War of the Roses' roses subtleties, now it was meringue swans. First she whipped up some egg whites and caster sugar and piped the meringues onto her design…

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Medieval Fashions: Peasant Girl Design Board

Right at the beginning of this project I had encouraged C11 to make a design board in order to create a clearer idea of the clothes she wished to make for her dolls.  Here is the initial sketch: This helped C11 to visualise and consolidate the ideas in her head. They also gave me a…

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Medieval Fashion: Peasant girl

C11 has chosen to study medieval fashions for her project.  Her intention was to make clothes for a medieval peasant, lady and princess.  However, it has been much harder than she anticipated, and it has taken her almost eight weeks to do the peasant doll.  We have decreased her wortk, therefore, to a peasant doll…

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Medieval Feast: Invitations

It was essential that the invitations to our medieval banquet were designed, made and sent to their recipients in time for an answer to be given.  Therefore, this was one of L11's very first projects to be completed.  L11 had already jotted her ideas down for the invitations during one of her project sessions.  I encouraged…

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The Angelicscalliwag’s Magna Charta

Straight after our democratic meeting, we discussed a few other points and I left the children to make up their own Magna Charta for our home and they wrote it on our white board.  I had to giggle at some of the stuff they came up with: The next day, as part of his writing…

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