The Petie Schole by Francis Clement

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Published in 1587, The Petie Schole by Francis Clement claims to contain “a method to enable both a childe yup reade perfectly within one moneth, & also the unperfect to write English aright” Having read most of this last night, I’m not sure I’d say it was a truly complete method, but I’ll be giving […]

Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden.

Carrie's war by Nina Bawden

A little while ago, I set Small a project – to explore the Second World War primarily through fiction. To get him started, I dug around our shelves and our many secondhand bookshops, and I found a few good titles. The first one he started was Carrie’s War. Carrie’s War (A Puffin Book) at Amazon […]

Tudor child, Kentwell hall 1578

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He is so very beautiful, that Tigerboy. And I was much struck by the people who recalled him, visitors upon the manor from last year who remarked upon his growth

Ravensburger Prehistoric Expedition Science Kit

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Buy at Amazon When we were offered the Ravensburger Prehistoric Expedition Science Kit for review, I glanced at the covering release, thought Small would enjoy it a bit, and expected something with a fossil kit in maybe an A4 sized box. Then it arrived. And it’s huge. And it has loads of activities in it […]

Looking back and forward to Kentwell Hall.

Sunset over Kentwell Hall

Challenged to find a picture of my favourite holiday destination for this Al Fresco Holidays blog competition, I couldn’t resist the chance to wax lyrical about Kentwell Hall and reenactment once again. It’s an odd choice of holiday. It’s hard work for one, but I suppose it’s the change is as good as a rest […]

Shakespeare with children, or Taming of the Shrew in the forest, at Jimmy’s Farm.

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We’ve been privileged to see Shakespeare with the Red Rose Chain several times previously, including King Lear and Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was thrilled to be able to attend the press night for this year’s performance of Taming of the Shrew. Theatre with small children sounds like a kind of intimidating idea. Red Rose Chain […]

Silent Sunday 7 July 2013

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Goodwife Joan of the barnschool.

Goodwife Joan

Meet Goodwife Joan of the barnschool at Kentwell Hall. She also has her son Cal with her. They are standing in the door of the great barn, you can see the barnsward behind them. Joan rises early and breaks her fast in little melford. She may have chores to do before she comes to work […]

Snack time

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Unseemly children without their head covers.

A home education hypocrite

Yesterday we had our semi regular trip to a friend’s house for history etc. We’re on book three of story of the world, and we’ve reached the French revolution, American war of independence and James Cook exploring Australia. So one family made brioche and reenacted the French Revolution, there were posters made for fair taxes […]

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