Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Medieval Life Workshop At Portchester Castle

On Monday I took Hannah to Portchester Castle to join in with a medieval workshop being run by another home schooling group. The castle is beautiful, the subject was interesting to Hannah and it had the potential to be a really good day. Unfortunately the teachers leading the course were not what I would have hoped for. They treated the children with very little respect, and Hannah found them really intimidating, so much so that she dropped out of the workshop very early on and watched most of it from a distance. I find it so disappointing when children arrive for a workshop so full of enthusiasm only to have it squashed when they excitedly 'forget' to raise their hand before speaking, or are pushed to answer questions when they are feeling shy, or are humiliated in front of their peers for failing to notice a sign, or any of the other multitute of things that some educators seem to think is perfectly acceptable to subject children to - it's just heart breaking. Thank goodness not all workshops are led by such people.

Anyway, i did take some pictures of the activities, and the castle looked beautiful in the sunshine!

I think we'll go back on our own really soon!
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