Medieval Fiare

Do you like to put outing’s in your calendar early? Maybe set a reminder when an upcoming event is on? I have something for the whole family… You MUST save this one! Really! I’m serious. St. Ives Medieval Faire is an outing not to miss. I was following this fair on Instagram about a year ago so I would be able to purchase the tickets and not forget.

As we approached the grounds we saw the lineup of cars parked kilometres away! Our conversation went along the lines of the SAME discussion we’ve had in Australia, Europe and America when we travel. James stating we will have to park miles away and walk with a pram and carry a child or two. Then I reply with ‘ just drive up to the car park and see, everyone else is probably thinking and doing what you’ve just said…’ and I kid you not…. Success (so far) every time! WOO HOO! 

After we parked (in the carpark haha!) James loaded the babes into the pram and gave them some morning tea, I breast fed Selah and we watched the crowds stroll in, in full costume.  The background sounds were trumpeters, adding to the royal feel. We were getting really excited right about now. 

When we entered the park we were met with the same trumpeters and a castle entry way. 

We walked through the makeshift drawbridge and what felt like a walk back in time. Immediately we could smell wood burning in fires around the park. At first I thought they did it purely to add to the ‘vibe’. Surprisingly as we walked on we discovered the actors slept in the venue for a few nights. In their very own fifteenth century tents and housing. They cooked all their own meals over the fire. And THAT’S WHERE THE SMELL WAS COMING FROM! 

I actually couldn’t believe my eyes, as we walked up and down the fair grounds there were viking tents and small wooden homes created to look identical to the ones from the middle ages. I kept saying to James that I felt we were on the set of a movie.

Wondering around, I was lost in the tapestry, leather printing, cannons being fired and weaponry. One of my favourite moments from the day was watching the actors line up for a typical Medieval Lunch of ham, bread, strawberry salad and fruit. I was clearly salivating at this point. If you book early, there is an option to add on a real treat which is the king’s banquet. They serve up a suckling pig and many sides, wine, beer and ale. This is something we would like to try in the future. It then becomes a VIP pass, getting you into the prime position to also watch the jousting, birds of prey and knights battle it out on the field.

It’s pretty obvious that this day is HUGE! You definitely get what you’re paying for. The shows to watch, things to participate in impressed us. The fair really is aimed for everyone! A whole tent of crafts for the kids, petting zoo, Unicorn photos, a small gymnastics tent run by instructors, puppet shows, a circus tent and a wide variety of delicious foods and ale you can all enjoy. 

Every corner we turned we could hear the choirs singing, drums playing and lectures on fighting and knights. To make it easier, clickhereto see the program we had for this year. 

Told you didn’t I! It’s very impressive! 

So go mark this outing in the calendar and prepare the family for a brilliant day out.

Jennifer X

My Homeschooling Resources

Anyone can homeschool. I will say it again, ANYONE can homeschool. If you’re thinking about it at all take a look at my previous blogpost on ‘Why we Homeschool.’ Please don’t let it scare you. There are so many forums you can approach for support and help and guidance.  On here I’m going to give you my run down on ways to help you through your subjects. There are a few different ways of homeschooling. You can go with distance education. It’s all ready for you and your child. You only need to register. However, research first because some states vary with their policies. You could always buy your own syllabus. I highly recommend Sonlight. Or you can bite the bullet, and enjoy the fun of creating your own!

If you find yourself reading this friend and you are a little unsure, pop me through a message. We can work on it together. 

Right, the first thing you want to do is get familiar with NESA’s outlines. Click hereand it will take you to the Syllabus of each stage. Or simply google ‘NESA (insert the stage your child is at)’ and presto you are there. 

Once you are on the page… BREATH… don’t freak out. Click on the Outcomes and Content sections. Read through and RELAX knowing, you DO NOT have to meet every single criteria within a year! Take your time and go through and pick out each term what you want to work on. Naturally English and Mathematics will be repetitive. 

For an idea on how to set out each subject I have included my word doc program. Click hereto get your own copy already for you to create with. 

Ok, so these are the resources I use for Noah and Scarlet. (Remembering I am working with infant schooling/junior school). 

Devotional – We begin our day with a devotional. I use one for Noah and a seperate one for Scarlet. You don’t have to. I just really liked both of these. And they don’t mind hearing each others devotionals also. 

Phonics Cards – Mine are really old but I found some brilliant ones right here.

Handwriting – Click here for the link. 

Creative Writing – This book is Brilliant!! If you haven’t heard of Usborne books, you need to get onto it! This book is filled with animation and glorious ideas for children to dream and use their imaginations. Check it out here.

Maths Text Book – I have a wonderful friend who recommended this book to me. It’s engaging, colourful and gives the student creative ways to enjoy their maths learning process. Make sure you order the right book in the series! Here’s the link.

Times Tables – Get anything that works for you. Charts for the wall, hand cards. But it’s needed! Add it to your MUST BUY LIST!

Clocks – Another essential!

Abacus – You will soon learn, your little student needs something to count with. And marbles just don’t cut it (trust me, they end up everywhere!!). 

Extra Books For Extension English and Math

Look at your local Newsagency or bookstores for any fun books. We love ‘School Zone’. Aldi and your local bookstores have so many learning books on sale all the time. Keep your eyes open!

Ok, now for Geography, History, Science and Spelling words…. Here’s my most used word on my Blog… PINTERST!!! What would I do without pinterest?! It has it ALL. Even some sites you pay a small fee but they will have a whole booklet ready for you to work through with your child. For instance, we are about to look at the life of a plant. On Pinterest they have an endless supply of booklets and worksheets on this subject. For FREE!!! Reader you need to work out what you are going to teach for the term. Set it out, then go to your library and use the internet to get your worksheets/booklets together. Sometimes Pinterest doesn’t have what you’re looking for. Noah and Scarlet are in junior school, so there isn’t anything out there for their age group on Medieval times, the History of our Country and the way of Life for Aboriginals (we looked at all these topics this year) so I created very general work sheets that had headings such as:

Medieval Times

Era:

Patriarcal Status:

Way of Life:

Life of a Knight:

How Kings Lived:

Weapons:

It’s that simple. These titles were over a few pages with plenty of space to draw and colour in also.

Finally you need to understand that many of your outcomes are going to overlap. As a guide let me explain further, for example your child’s creative writing can be about a dragon and knight, which is part of History and touching on some Geography. Why not tie in Europe or specifically targeting a country there. That way you are working on three different contents ticking off each program outcomes as you go in one term!

It really is as simple as that. Why not buy one or two resources and see how you and your child take to it. How they work under your guidance. You never know, you might surprise yourself and actually enjoy the whole process.

Stay positive and I hope you found this read encouraging and helpful.

Free resource websites:

200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More

HEA has free resource page too, quite a long list. http://www.hea.edu.au/discounts-resources/free-resources/

https://www.teachstarter.com/au/blog/covid-19-teach-starters-support-for-schools-teachers-parents-students-affected

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/home

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.techradar.com/amp/news/free-home-schooling-apps-and-websites

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInez73p6w6AIViA4rCh06xwd6EAAYASAAEgLJCfD_BwE

Jennifer X