It was Friday morning and I was getting everything ready for our History and Art day.
In the middle of the prepping, which I never can get around to doing the evening before so I can look all organised, the doorbell rang.
The postman was standing there with a box in his arms. My kind friend of Become What You Are fame had sent us some excellent Seton Books, plus a couple of extra ones she had AND some bits’n’bobs; silly bands, American flags and a lovely prayer card and medallian of St Benedict along with some good Texas postcards. These included a picture of one of my favourite animals, an Armadillo.
As far as I’m concerned the fact that Armadillo’s and sloths exist is tantamount to empirical evidence that God has a great sense of humour.
In history the children are learning about the Byzantine Empire and one of the activities was to make a tile.
Now, thanks to fibro-fog and such like I can’t read so well at the moment, so K took over the reading. Then between us, we “professional” type home educators managed to completely misread the insructions for making the tiles. 🙂
Having mixed up one pot of plaster and have it set so quickly the children hadn’t even arranged their marbles for the design yet we set about another lot of plaster. Meanwhile the children had all liberally coated the inside of pots with Vaseline and neatly arranged their marbles.
Heleyna, however was very taken with the silly bands and arranged some into her pattern. As I have mentioned before we let the pre-schoolers join in if they like and she does like.
Finally with marbles (and in Heleyna’s case silly bands) duly arranged the next lot of plaster was poured in.
So when we took the tiles (more like bricks) out of the pots there was some serious chipping to be done. We’ve decided to give it another go next week.
The art session was about illuminated manuscripts and book covers. So the children all made their book covers and next week, my friend has some lovely parchment type paper for them to make a good illumiated page for their books.
As we don’t have boxes to tick or targets to jump at, it’s not a complete disaster if something goes wrong, we can just have another go next time.
Tomorrow we will start with the lovely Seton books BWYA has sent. Thank you 🙂