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History at our finger tips!

February 9, 2010

“…with its baby rivers and little towns, each with its abbey or its cathedral; with voices – one voice perhaps, echoing through the transept – the criterion of suitability and convenience.”
Marianne Moore

I love history; not merely the ‘subject’ but the concept and the notion of being who we are and living like we do is because of what has gone before us. I have a huge appreciation for what has gone before us and don’t believe we can intelligently move forward unless we have a grasp on this.

I love bible history, church history, British history and even my own history – my journey; where I have come from and how it has made me who I am today!

I want to instill in my children that same appreciation and excitement for history; not just the time lines, kings and queen, eras in time; but I also want them to understand their place in history – that they are born to be history makers!

Nyah learning at our local museum and art gallery

We live in a great country packed with history; there are so many places to visit and learn from right on our door step. The beauty of home education is that you can GO whenever you wish, go and explore your country and learn hands on, first hand what the walls of the castle felt like, how wide the doors were, how vast the banqueting halls were etc.

We are presently enjoying a project on castles; we’ve drawn them, labeled them, read about them and last week it was time to go and visit a castle and actually stand on the walls and explore for ourselves!

Many of these photos are pictures of the remains of Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire; the castle is famous for it’s visit by Queen Elizabeth I
in 1575; you can read more about it here.

We also visited Coventry Cathedral ruins; here are some moments and sights captured in our ‘out and about’ history week!

Fun with friends

Joel enjoying an interactive activity at the museum

And in case you wondered where Micah was in all this…

He woke up just as we got to the museum – here he is holding a George and the Dragon ‘dragon’ puppet and looking totally confused as to where he is, he looked like this for at least 20 minutes!

…and because we can’t resist a baby wearing pic – here he is all tucked up for ride on Mama’s back in our ‘Pod’

So, in the spirit of being English, I’ll leave you with this great quote I came across – rings very true in my heart!! 😉

“The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently, and nothing can be done, and no move made, until “a nice cup of tea” is quickly made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind. What a pity all countries are not so tea-conscious. World-peace conferences would run more smoothly if “a nice cup of tea”, or indeed, a samovar were available at the proper time.
Marlene Dietrich

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2010 3:42 pm

    I love that last quote – and it's so true lol Also just wanted to say thank you for your blog – I've now purchased Enid Bylytons Nature lovers book (as seen on your blog) which is such a gorgeous book and the counting colours book which my 3 year old is devouring! So thank you – keep sharing as I love seeing others ideas it inspires me 🙂 Sarah

  2. February 11, 2010 11:00 pm

    Thanks Sarah – glad you find the book links useful! Hope you're having a great week 🙂

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