One of the many clichés about home education is that it takes place primarily around the kitchen table. The Learning Zone decided to use this as a basis for a short film. We are making a time-lapse film around a kitchen table but we moved the table to the beach and used it as a central point to film some typical learning zone activities. The film is still being edited but we had a great day out at the beach regardless of how the film turns out.
Ruth was involved in the organising so got there at 4am with a small group of others. I turned up at the much more reasonable time of 8am with a stove and some eggs. Despite the early hour and the fact that it was grey and cold some of them still went swimming.
I lurked about for a bit and then went home and collected Rebekah and Jonathan and headed back.
By the time I got back more people had turned up and someone had drawn a labyrinth, which I had to go and walk.
We took some vinegar and bicarb and some diet fizz and mentoes to play with on the beach, we added the bicarb to the huge sand creation that had been built.
One of the few times that people really did descend on the kitchen table was when we had the Learning Zone tradition of cake time. Rebekah was in her element organising and making everyone line up!
Jonathan had a great day playing with his friends.
It was a great chance for lots of us to catch up with people we might not have seen for a while. And the filming and swimming went on through the day.
We managed to do some art on the beach – we made some sand casts.
There was lots of time to stand about chatting too.
More people came and went and then it was time to BBQ
Then we made some paper boats that we were going to launch later with candles in.
Next was something that regularly happens at Learning Zone camps – the camp fire – and some singing.
Then at dusk we tried to light the candles and set off the boats – it was a bit windy so we didn’t have much luck lighting them.
Then we were ending the day with a fire show – lots of Zonies (and ex zonies) are part of Ryde Extreme Performers and do amazing fire shows – the wind had dropped enough that we could enjoy the show safely.
I have no idea how the final film will turn out, or how long it will take to edit it, but we had a great day out despite a fair amount of wind and rain, and I think the day might be fairly representative of Learning Zone life – although not much of it actually went on around the kitchen table!