Last half term, H came home with a great piece of homework. I thought it was great anyway! It was to design and make a Roman Shield, recording the process in drawings or photos.
OK, I hear you, crafts as homework are not everyone’s cup of tea. Not everyone is crafty, nor do you have the time, energy, or possibly resources to embark on such a mammoth task. Well then, good job you’re here, trawl the internet no more (but let me tell you the rest of our little story first, you may find it familiar…)
I thought this was going to be such an exciting project. I love a good craft challenge, and as my boys are getting older, the opportunity for crafts (or the willingness, should I say), is getting less. There had been so many craft challenges in school recently in the other year groups, I was so pleased it was our turn. (Yes, I’m that sad!)
Not so my eldest son, it seemed. He was indignant that his ‘own time’ during the holidays was being interrupted with such menial tasks as school work! Even the very interesting subject of the Romans, and the very cool task of making your own Roman Shield to use in a future battle reenactment at school couldn’t motivate him.
What to do with such attitude? Well, my solution was to offer to help him make a ‘how to’ video to put on YouTube. Lo and behold, it did the trick! It was a first for both of us, so please excuse the poor production quality, but it did encourage a lot of independence as well as creativity, and made me tackle the technology which will help us continue to blog our way into the future!
So here it is, without further ado, Hugo’s first ‘How To’ video: How To Make A Roman Shield
He is so pleased with the number of views so far, please leave a comment if you can (all encouragement for future homework greatly appreciated!)
If you want to download the exact templates we used for the decoration, you can find them at Instructables
We have since made more ‘homework help’ posts which you may also find useful, including how to make and Anglo-Saxon House model, and coming soon, Toby will show you how to make a Mayan Temple. We also enjoy a good ‘STEM’ session, and like to look inside things, including an Xbox, a tablet computer and a printer!
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