Thursday, 15 August 2013

Operation Robot

This morning was all about the robot costume. We made a cylindrical cardboard body, as per Grace's schematic, but ran into a slight problem when Grace realised that if it was big enough to go over her head, it would keep falling down. We considered a belt, but she didn't like the way that would look, and eventually took inspiration from a pair of Jude's dungarees, making shoulder straps.

Robot with braces

The mask takes shape 

Grace wanted a mask, but didn't like the idea of having her face covered, so we worked out a compromise, and got to work decorating the body.

It's still a work in progress, but it's not a bad start! When we finish it, the plan is to look back at Grace's drawing and work out what changes we had to make in order for it to work, and what we would do differently if we made another.

Robot - End of Day 1

After lunch we visited a nursing home where a member of our community, Izzy Pesaro was 105 today. It was lovely to see the kids interacting with the elderly residents - I am very grateful that they were able to be involved.

Izzy Pesaro looking, frankly, amazing for 105!

The party included a visit from "The Land Girls" and Grace and Jude made friends everywhere!

Grace spotted a Magan David (Star of David) on the wall, prompting a little search around the home for other signs that it was a Jewish nursing home. She spotted some Shabbat candlesticks, a painting of a a Shabbat table set with challah, wine and candles, a painting of a man wearing tallit and some Hebrew writing.

An otherwise lovely day was somewhat soured when we received (quite a formal) letter from a community we are involved in, requesting that when we attend, we either use plastic plates and cutlery for the children, or we buy a completely new dinner service for them to use (not their preferred option for "health and safety reasons"). We have attended this community for nearly four years now, and in that time, between them, the children have (accidentally) dropped and broken two small Ikea tumblers (and I have dropped one!).

We have a "no plastic" policy at home, for environmental and health reasons, but we also have an educational philosophy which encourages the use of the proper tools for any particular activity. We allow and encourage the children to use proper scissors, sharp knives, real glasses and china plates. They have never had bottles, sippy cups, plastic cups or blunt cutlery. This blog beautifully explains our thinking behind using real glasses with our children. I am struggling to understand why our children have been singled out for the "plastic beaker" treatment. After all, I too, have accidentally dropped a glass, yet I have not been asked to stick to plastic in future. There are also a number of elderly members who are becoming increasingly shaky, but they have not been asked to use plastic. Apparently it is acceptable to request that they drink from plastic glasses simply because they are children, and I find that very disheartening. We will, of course, be replacing the three glasses that we (as a family) have broken over the last 4 years with these identical ones from Ikea, but it seems such a shame to have soured our relationship with the community for the sake of £1 over four years.....

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