Last month, when I realized we would actually make it to this year's Northern California Renaissance Faire (I haven't been since I was 13), I began peppering our home studies with books and audio that touched on the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. This is how I like to approach travel and other areas of interest, from all angles. To be able to oversee this with my own kids, has been an incredible gift. I've realized that while the world is full of subject matter that kids might not necessarily gravitate to on their own, almost all of it will interest them if presented in the right way. Is Shakespeare *the man* really interesting to a child of seven? Methinks not, my lady. But what if that child learns about the playwrite's impact on history, and the English language, by way of crafting 500 year old housewares, creating new words for the English language, or listening to his plays, modified for young, modern ears? One of the many things I love about homeschooling is that we can do this, in depth. We focused on this period in history for an entire month, and then we put on our tacky costumes and topped-off the whole thing with a day at the Renaissance Faire. I LOVE my job!!!
I had big hopes of crafting our own costumes, starting with Beanie's. I might have even made OVERT suggestions that we could "CRAFT IT OUT OF PAPER!!!", just to be super nerdy and annoying. But she didn't bite. So instead we threw a couple cheap Halloween costumes in our Amazon cart and called it a day. I, myself, had big dreams of being Bottacceli's *Flora* (the goddess of flowers + the season of spring), as she was depicted in Primavera, but time was not on my side this year.
Moving on. The *rides* were a huge hit with the kids, of course.
These guys were amazing with their show on sword fighting. Informative and hilarious, I now know more that I ever cared to about swords.
My kids are now begging to take rock climbing lessons. Weekly. :-/
The highlight of everyone's day was the magic and fire-eating show by Broon.
And this guy... what was going on with this guy?? He was our favorite faire-goer, and we were lucky to keep running into him again and again.