Monday, November 14, 2011

Welcome to England

Once a year our family does a unit study on a particular country. For several weeks we do research, write reports, and then we have one day with food, costumes, decorations, and music from that country.  This year we chose England.

We began the day with a hearty breakfast.

We had made bread the day before.

Laura and Mama made cucumber sandwiches for tea.

Anna did a lot of cooking.

Laura dressed as a Victorian schoolgirl.

I took this picture because it seemed so incongruous.

Later Laura turned into a chimney sweep.  I had fun putting soot on her face from the fireplace.

I dressed as a maid from the 1500s.

John was a punk.  We were pretty shocked when he walked in the door like that.

Megan had sprayed orange hair spray on his hair.  They tried to make spikes but his hair was too curly.

The Beautiful Lady with Ethelhad, the Saxon

At 4:00 we had tea.

We had cucumber mint sandwiches, scones, shortbread, sponge cake, and of course, tea with sugar and milk.

It was delightful.

Soon it was time for dinner.  These were the decorations (which we ate).

We had shepherd's pie, Yorkshire pudding, sweet potatoes, and a Roman salad of green beans and chickpeas.

We ate off of bread called trenchers.

For dessert we had plum pudding (that's the cake), and gingered bread.  This gingered bread, made of bread crumbs, honey, and spices, was a forerunner to modern gingerbread.  It was very spicy.

I read my report on English history.

Laura read hers about the Great Fire of London of 1666.

We played Tiddlywinks, an English game of popping buttons.

We sang medieval songs.

We danced English country dances.

At the end of the day Laura got cleaned up.


  1. What a great idea, and I love that everyone is invested in it. Way to be an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!! Ya'll are such a fun family! -- Christina Haarhoff

  3. Do you mind if I post a link to this on Facebook for other homeschooler friends of mine to see and glean ideas from? -- Christina

  4. I'm glad you all like it!

    Mrs. Haarhoff, you are welcome to link as you please.


  5. What fun times you all have together! (And very educational too!) This post brought a smile to my face...all the way in Bolivia. :) I love the costumes, food, and fun ideas for a great unit study on England! Thank you for sharing!