Monday, June 15, 2015

History of Launceston for Kids - {Chalmers}

 We have started to do some local History, right here in Launceston! There are some wonderful places of interest just oozing with historic goodness! For our first outing we went to
"Chalmers" which is now Walker Designs. We had the very groovy Matt give us a tour of the old building and showed us all of what Chalmers has to offer!
You can read more about the history of the place HERE.
 Looking through the small window that used to be the old keepers house, 
which looks out to the Chalmers Hall across the road.
 Up in the Bell tower, note the large ropes to the right! 
The stain glass windows are all original, built over 150 years old.
 The view from up stairs, with it's amazing old wooden flourishes.
Matt explained that the patterns look a little like small ghosts! 
He mentioned that they even had a "spirit/ghost" expert come in to see if the place was haunted,
 The Good news was that it wasn't!!
 The colour of the ceiling is the exact colour that was painted when the church first opened, it was said that the reason they chose that colour was so it looked like the sky! (pretty grey day I think!)
 Display of old goodies and explanations of the church's history.
 The tour by Matt was soooo interesting, even after a full hour the children were wanting more! It certainly was a HUGE highlight for us all and a great way to start our local, Tasmanian History!
Smiles The Torrents'

Thursday, June 4, 2015

German themed night

We study a country each month that is randomly picked out of our Brain Box All around the World. We have just finished Germany and celebrated with our countries theme night! It was such a success, we all LOVED the goodies from Germany!!
Schnitzel, fried cabbage,  Black forest Cake, Apple strudel...... YUMMY!!!
 Zeke making the Black Forest Cake
 Beautiful German girls
 Yum, yum Main course
 More yum, yum ... apple strudel and Black Forest cake
Then afterwards there was a German dance show!
One of my FAVOURITE parts of these nights is when Allan (my super man) finds some traditional music from that country. (German dance  HERE.) Oh this time around it was completely wonderful! The GIRLS LOVED EVERY MINUTE of the music and joy of dancing the steps!!

I have to say, though these nights take some huge amount of preparation they really are such a fun part of our Homeschooling journey! It stretches me to cook new things which is a good thing and helps us all learn some extra cool things about the country of the month.
This month we have Nigeria,
Smiles The Torrents'