Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Spring and Easter...

After we dropped Issy at school, Hettie and I had a little chat on the drive home about the point of learning and understanding about different religions. I tackled it from the point of BBC's Newsround programme which she watches everyday. For those of you who haven't seen it, its news for children and really very good. So we talked about various news items she had seen and linked them to different religions and beliefs. Fortunately she realised with a bit more knowledge she would understand the news better.

So instead of our usual 1/2 hour maths & verse, followed by main lesson work, we got comfy and I read her the story of Jesus and the crucifixion, and the story of Easter. The children's bible we have has little historical side paragraphs and present day pictures, which helped her understand this in an historical context. We had a good morning discussing what different people believe about Jesus, and ended up looking at Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper online. She likes Da Vinci, so we got a little art history in as well.

After lunch we started to rearrange our nature table. She ironed for the first time, the material we had bought, which was actually 2 nylon curtains. It's actually pale yellow & pale green. Sorry not a very good photo and we've not quite finished yet.

I still think Mother Nature is a bit scarey!

Then it was off to Brownies, where they made Easter cards. Thank goodness for our lovely Brown Owl who gave Issy lots of praise for arriving at the hall promptly with no help. They made some Easter baskets with chocolate eggs - devoured on the way home!

Issy had a little go at needle felting the other day and we had cut a little heart from her felt. We decided to put this in her doll I'm making, as it was my wool and her work we decided the doll's heart would be a little bit of both of us.

So now I need to get on with finishing her. Issy has designed and drawn pages of clothes she wants for her!!


Carol said...

I really do think that whatever a persons personal beliefs are, it is so important to understand what other people believe. Especially as it is the basis for so much of our news these days.
I love your spring table, I am not even sure if we're doing one this year :(

Dawn said...

I'm looking forward to seeing how the doll turns out. I agree that learning about what other people believe is important, I think it helps with empathy as well as a greater understanding of world events.

Linda @ The Briar Patch said...

Love the heart idea. It's similar to what my sons did when they made their bears at Build a Bear last year. :-)

Well done to Issy again this week, must make life so much easier.


Poppy & Mei said...

Lovely post all 'round!
Putting the heart in the doll is just precious...Xxx

Lisa said...

Carol - its our first year of nature tables, we're keen!

Linda - I did nick the idea from build-a-bear!!

Re: the doll I'm a bit concerned how she's going to turn out LOL

Thea said...

... if you get stuck with the doll let me know... ;)

Lisa said...

I will Thea !!