We are galloping at a furious pace into Week 3 of our Medieval Life theme here at Fusion. Here is what we have been up to…
THE BLUE ROOM
Last week, children in the Blue Room read the tale of King Arthur. They were able to show off their own royal lineage by drawing a “sword” from a “stone”, and they sat at Fusion’s Round Table, taking the “knights oath” before swapping tales of their own courageous exploits in the name of justice!
This week in the Blue Room, Fusion students will hear the exploits of another famed medieval adventurer: Robin Hood! A popular medieval figure for many centuries, Robin Hood is known to “steal from the rich and give to the poor”, as well as having superior skills of swordsmanship and archery. Fusion students in the Blue Room will have the opportunity to hear and retell his adventurers, as well as try their own hand with a bow in an “Archery Contest”!
THE RED ROOM
Week 2 in the Red Room found our Fusion kids learning of heraldry, the symbols and elements that adorned shields, flags, armor and many other objects during medieval times. The colors and symbols each had their own meaning and message, allowing the people living during that era a means to quickly identify both friend and foe at a glance. Red Room students were able to create their own “coat of arms” to hold high for the crowds as they engaged in their own “jousting” tournament!
This week, Red Room students will continue their medieval adventure by examining the lore and myths of dragons! Popular creatures of myths and legends in many cultures, children in the Red Room will have the opportunity to examine and compare medieval, European dragons to those of other cultures (Eastern Asian, for example), while also creating some “fiery” art throughout the week!
THE GREEN ROOM
In the Green Room last week, Fusion children were able to learn the differences between the primary social classes of peasant, knights and the nobility. Through the use of dramatic play, Green Room students engaged in many activities that allowed them to experience a small sliver of medieval life and interactions between each social class. My personal favorite is the “Medieval Market” wherein the children were separated into each social group and given “money” to buy goods with. The King & other nobles had the most purchasing power, of course, and they were better able to care for themselves, find the goods they needed to survive and indulge in many other luxuries. Knights worked just as hard as the peasant class, but they were free, and while not as wealthy as the nobility, they were able to survive in relative comfort. Students in the peasant class had very little money and were “forced” to rely on each other for survival, trading goods with each other or combining their money to buy certain items. A discussion afterwards with the students really helped to drive home the differences between classes and allowed them to contrast the lives of people living today to those during medieval times!
This week in the Green Room will continue where students left off last week by examining Medieval Cuisine. Children in the Green Room will first learn of the types of food available to each social class, as well as whom was responsible for meal preparation. From the simple stews of the peasant class to the elaborate dinners of the nobility, Fusion students will examine and create several different “medieval” dishes, culminating in a medieval feast at the end of the week!
It’s going to be a wonderful week here at Fusion!