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!