Thursday, 2 June 2011
Nightmares on Wax
Yesterday afternoon S decided she wanted to do some coin rubbings, she did one of each coin. She likes money both for its spendability of course and, in addition, she likes talking about the designs on the coins. The boys were both snoozing so I did some too, I love it when we get to do an activity together.
We borrowed Baby Small's stockmar wax crayons because their rectangular shape means they are perfect for this sort of task.
She told me that she got the idea from Bignor Roman Villa where they have some Roman coins glued onto blocks of wood to do rubbings with, we were talking yesterday about whether the Romans invented coins and why they did so and I told her about barter economics. I am in my comfort zone with economic history!We also talked about how money is designed so that it is hard to counterfeit or copy.
Last year we saw the Petworth Hoard of Roman coins at Chichester Museum and we handled some Roman Coins at The British Museum.
I hope to take her to the Bank of England Museum too.
Yesterday morning at the cash point Baby Small activated the emergency cash code screen again, it was via my children's keyboard mashing that I found out you could withdraw cash without a card in an emergency. I wonder whether cash will exist at all when my smalls are older.
For me this is autonomous home ed in action. The activity was S's idea, we had all the materials required to hand and it happened. It illustrates how all the trips and visits we do are planting seeds in her mind. If I had suggested coin rubbings whilst the boys were asleep you can be sure this would be a very different blog post!