Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Victorian Era ... Persuasive Ads

In my opinion, nobody is as good at pinpointing the strengths and benefits of a product as those Victorian ad guys!

The kids created their own ads persuading us of the value of their favorite modern product.  Cute!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Victorian Era ... Making a Sachet

Honed our hand sewing skills by making a quick sachet, ever popular in the Victorian Era.

Just stitch together a simple shape with right sides together, leaving a small hole.  Then turn the shape right side out.

Fill with dried flowers.

Stitch the hole closed.

Decorate with beads, jewels and ribbons.  Then stick in your drawer!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Victorian Era ... Transcendentalism

Around the same time that all of the amazing inventions and explorations of the Victorian Era were taking place, a group of people in the US, including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne,  were contemplating, discussing and writing about the idea of the inherent goodness of people and the corruption of people by society and institutions.   This philosophy was called transcendentalism

We spent the day out hiking in the woods and discussed the principles or transcendentalism. 

1. Live life to the fullest

2. Thou shalt not conform

3. Individualism

4. Do not worship the material

5. Be your own mentor

6. Society corrupts an individuals inherent goodness

7. Be one with God, not the church

8. Simplicity

9. Moral values

10. Nature is sacred

We shared how we felt about each principle and if we felt that we exemplified the principle in our own lives.  We pretty much discovered that we were all pretty transcendental!

We also ended up playing a game we coined "Transcendentalist or Not" where we named characters from books and plays and tried to determine if they portrayed a transcendental mindset or not!  Yoda?  Transcendentalist.  Mr. Wormwood from "Matilda"?  Not!  Willy Wonka?  Elphaba?  Transcendentalists.  Donald Trump?  Not!  It was quite a lot of fun!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Victorian Era ... Culture Day

For Culture Day, the girls plan, organize and executed Victorian Tea party.

They researched recipes, created shopping lists, and prepared food for our tea.  They made scones with berry jam, a variety of tea sandwiches and lavender rose cookies.  And of course they learned to brew the perfect pot of tea

As you can see they also pulled together their own Victorian outfits.  Complete with corsets!

They each came up with a craft, gathered all of the materials and instructed us.  We made Victorian crepe paper dolls and Victorian paper dolls.

Then we played some traditional parlor games like "Blindmans Bluff" and "The Minister's Cat".

Culture Day is always their favorite!  And mine too because I love to see them research, plan, and execute all by themselves!  I love the creativity and the independence!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Victorian Era ... Afternoon Tea

No study of the Victorian Era would be complete without a tea.  We headed to a local Victorian B&B for a very lovely one!

We learned that afternoon tea was created by the Queen Victoria's best friend, who felt a bit peckish around 4PM every day and asked to be brought tea and a snack.  This transformed into a social event for society ladies and the hallmark of Victorian times!