Friday, 12 October 2012

Surcoat and Richard I

Nowadays Tiger has more say in how he wants to learn.  Instead of trying to do every project in SOTW 2 Activity Book, Tiger gets to choose which, if any, he feels would add to what he is interested to learn.  Unsurprisingly, he chose to make a crusader's surcoat to add to his collection of armour and weapons.

I cut up an old bedsheet according to measurements of Tiger's shoulder width and shoulder-to-knee length.  On one sheet, I drew the outline of the crusader's cross using a piece of red chalk.

Tiger then filled in the cross with red tempera paint.

The final step is to stick two pairs of velcro (no sewing!) on each side of the shoulder pieces.  It worked!

For history, we are currently in the 12th century where British History pretty much coincides with World History.  While we study the topic of crusade (which spanned nearly 400 years), we would inevitably encounter Richard the Lion Heart.  We watched the following documentaries:
  1. Richard the Lionheart
  2. The Third Crusade: Saladin and Richard the Lionheart
We attended another reenactment set in the time of Richard I.  It was a whole-day event with (1) fighting scenes, (2) squires training ground, (3) archery display, (4) weaponry display, (5) gory medieval surgery,

(6) jousting knights

(7) early version of canons

(8) musicians playing medieval music

This post is linked up to:
1) Homeschool Mother's Journal: October 12, 2012
2) Collage Friday
3) Favourite Resources: October 12, 2012
4) TGIF Linky Party #51
5) It's a Wrap
6) Weekly Wrap-Up
7) Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop #34
8) History and Geography Meme #45


  1. This looks like so much fun! Are you working with SOTW and another history curriculum too?
    I love the "Award free Blog" note!

  2. Hi Heather,

    Thank you for visiting. We use various resources for each topic but our "spine" is SOTW.

  3. It is so wonderful that you are so talented at making things! The surcoat is amazing!! The field trips are wonderful!! Thanks for linking up to the History and Geography Meme!!

  4. Hi Phyllis,

    You're too kind! The surcoat requires no sewing (we used velcro). I only did some cutting and drawing the outline. :-)

  5. Popped in from the Weekly Wrap-up! What an *awesome* field trip!! Wish they had something like that in our area. I'll bet he remembers this time period just fine. And I'm going to have to make a similar surcoat when we get to King Richard in a few weeks. That looks pretty awesome.

  6. The surcoat turned out very nicely, and the reenactment looks like an amazing learning experience!
    Thanks for linking at Favorite Resources.

  7. Thanks for linking this to Its a Wrap and I hope you'll come back this week.


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