You may/may not know that today would have been Charles Dickens 200th birthday. So what did we do to celebrate such an occasion? Well we watched Oliver Twist and baked a rather scrumptious chocolate cake of course!! Any excuse for cake here :))
We had a huge talk about the workhouses and thought back to our visit to the Workhouse in Southwell. Which to be fair really didn't seem as grim as some of the workhouses. The children were all quite upset about how badly children were treated back then but I explained that its an important part of history, just like when we learnt about Anne Frank. We can't go back and change what happened. It lead us on to another similar novel called Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin, its a very good book and both myself and Piper really enjoyed reading it so Cordelia is going to give it a try now. We also looked at the life of Dickens on the BBC Schools website and had a look how many of his books we had on our bookshelves too. I think we will have to purchase a copy of Great Expectations, hubby and I are currently watching the BBC adaptation that was shown over Christmas and it is very good. Now I know a little more about his life its interesting how much of himself and his experiences are apparent in his novels. Its also made it relative to the children who are very into their story writing at the moment. I love it when subjects link themselves together by accident!
As the children are still under the weather, I decided against a trip to the library today. It was too cold out and I really would like the children to be well enough for group on Friday and a friend's birthday party on Saturday. So, Piper wrote her story up in Word, Cordelia started a new scrapbook as you can see here:
Think the children will be finding out whose birthday we can celebrate next if it means they get to eat chocolate cake :)