Viking Presentation

Half the fun of putting on a presentation is the preparation, in particular the last couple of hours before guests arrive.  It is at this time all the ideas and hard work of the past few weeks come together and create our dream.  There is a buzz.  It is when everyone in our family, including Granny next door, pulls together and we see team work at its best.  I always ask Gary whether all the hard work is worth it, and this time I wasn’t well so it felt harder than normal.  Yet the answer from us both is a resounding yes after the event.  Memory making is always worth the effort.  Here are some photos of our presentation, showing the preparation stages also:

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I attached all the little Smartie Viking boats onto our map to show the routes of the Viking exploration
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And a close up
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This time we were using the actual papier mache map as our display board, with the children’s work and projects laid out on the table
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The lego Viking ship T10 built as part of his Viking exploration study
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The dolls clothes the girls laboriously worked on for weeks to weave. I think they now have an appreciation of how much work goes into weaving cloth and are quite pleased we can just pop to the shops to buy some!
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A close up of the table
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My idea was to use an archery net to throw over the beams and hide the display. That area would be used for T10 to give his presentation right at the end. As for in front of the net I had big dreams….
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I wanted to recreate the feel of a Viking room for the girls to do their interview in. First I lined up all the chairs and covered them in blankets, fake furs, wools and so forth. These represented the edges of the Viking house, where they may have sat and slept.
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As C10 was doing a weaving demonstration as part of her presentation, we made a simple loom from a beech branch and thick wool, weighted down by the clay rings we had made earlier in the week
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We used an old piece of wood as a low table and put everything wooden from our kitchen we could find. I planned to hang the large pan from the roof beams.
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Here the pan is hung and we even placed fairy lights under the logs to create a glow. Oh, and I also threw a load of straw on the floor. Yes, I know, I must be mad!  It is starting to look a little like we’ve gone back in time….
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And a close up of the loom and fire
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And one just to show that it was actually inside our house.  He he!!!  It’s only missing one thing….
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…..the Vikings!

As you know, each presentation we do we invite some lovely people from our community to come and join us.  We live in a village where everyone is so kind and willing to give their help in any way needed.  Our guests for tonights presentation were the couple who own the coffee shop close by.  I buy a latte every morning and even when she is shut the wife, B, has been known to bring me up one before going on her way so I don’t miss out on my caffeine fix!    Also she gave up a whole evening, after working in the coffee shop all day, to teach us all how to cook Thai food.(She is from Thailand).   She has become a good friend- thankyou B!!

Our guests arrived at 7pm.  They were offered a drink and given a program of events for the night:

and settled in for the night.

The girls chose to do their presentation in the form of an interview.  They got this idea from the Horrible History DVDs.  They asked Daddy if he would play the part of a reporter from the 21st century, travelling back to the Viking age.  He agreed.  The interview was on the role of women during Viking times.

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A Picture of Gary interviewing the girls during their presentation, even A4 had a small part to play, which she did admirably
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Another one,  T10 is on the sofa, wig and all, recording the interview

After their interview we stopped for  a Viking supper:

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Supper was bread trenchers and lamb, carrot and barley stew served with pressed apple juice.

It was then T10’s turn.  We had removed the Viking room and archery net to reveal his ‘stage’ and off he went.  His presentation was about the reasons why the Vikings were such great explorers:

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And finally it was T10’s turn to talk about Viking exploration. Afterwards the children showed their guests all the work they had been doing over the past couple of months.

All in all a very successful evening was had by all!

Jimmie from notebooking fairy made some lovely note pages which we used on the night to great effect, making posters and programs out of them:

She asked me to do a guest post about how I used them.  If you would like to read it, click here.

15 comments

  1. This is really amazing. You have put so much work into this and it must help re-enforce learning. Is it difficult to get an audience? It isn’t always easy for home educators to find opportunities to speak to an audience.

    1. We have so many people help us in small ways with our homeschooling, that to kind of pay them back for their kindness we invite them to our presentation nights. We’ve never had anyone turn us down…..yet!!

  2. Thanks for presentation. It was fun, you are the coolest mummy ever! I liked how you put fur on the chairs to make beds. The work put in to it is amazing! Lots of love mummy, love Lillie! Ps. You are perfect! PPS. Kiss kiss, hug hug!

  3. Hi mummy,
    Thank you so much for the work you do for us. It’s wonderful, fantastic, fabulous.
    Love you so much,
    Love Charlotte

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