Monday, 19 January 2009

Straw Bears, Braille and World Religion Day

So, last year we did a month by month study of nature in our garden. This year we've decided to use some of the fabulous online calendars (I've listed some at the end of the post) to pick historic, scientific, cultural or just plain weird things to learn about each month. We've started putting our written work and pictures for January on our main wall and will turn them all into a book at the end of the year.

So far we've looked at:

Louis Braille (4th Jan 1809) and had a go at reading and writing braille, as well as learning about his interesting life story.

We read and wrote about the history and traditions of Plough Monday and the Straw Bear Festival (which is a local(ish) festival that takes place annually) as well as making (lots of mess) tiny straw bears out of hay.

Today we found out about a large number of different religions for World Religion Day. This BBC schools page has a simpler version. I must admit there were some religions listed that I'd never come across before. Made the learning very interesting for us all.

Online calendars:

Woodlands Junior School has a selection of calendars to browse. I continue to adore this website, it is full of interesting and easy to understand topics.

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