I’m keeping a secret and not sure for how long before I crack! We are off to the Warner Bros Harry Potter tour next week and I still haven’t told my obsessed son! He is now on the fourth book and he just can’t put them down. He’s registered onto the website Pottermore, which he is loving and is desperate for me to let him go onto Amazon to look up the ‘proper’ outfit. How is this even in the language of a seven year old? He has agreed that if it’s too expensive he’ll continue with his black cloth sticks and John (from Peter Pan) glasses… Poor child! Personally I prefer him throwing makeshift outfits together. He can be very creative and resourceful, remember the viking outfit, Victorians, WW1? It’s not only creative but when linked to history it’s a great way to put research skills to good use and then bring learning to life.
Ever since taking part in Oliver Twist my little boy in rags has wanted to learn more about Dickensian times and I’ve been promising this topic for ages. Lets hope it’s all he imagined it to be!
Having spent a week or two learning about WW1, we looked at what life was like at home; particularly how the roles of women changed which led us nicely back to how men and women had been treated differently prior to the outbreak of war. We’ve had some interesting discussions about the expectation for girls to look after the home and how poor children were sent out to work from an early age. In his usual dramatic way he has then wailed back at me (after a bit of an argument about the need to work hard), “don’t send me to work up a chimney…” and, “You can’t make me go to work!” We also had a worrying moment when I created some maths problems about sharing coal into groups and he
imagined he was a child worker who needed to be quick or the boss would be cross. He was really engaged in this role play until he got stuck and went into a complete panic that he was going to be beaten by this imaginary boss for not being quick enough… I think my son immerses himself a little too much into character. Maybe I should look into method acting for him!