As mentioned yesterday, this week is officially "Shakespeare Week", so I thought it was a nice opportunity to have a bit of a look at some Shakespeare with the boys - and today was our best day to do nothing but Shakespeare. We continued with the Shakespeare-inspired insult-of-the-day, today's being "Thou superfluous, stretch-mouthed block!", and then read a book about Shakespeare (Usborne). It turned out to be quite long, and Youngest's interest started to wander, so we paused after the first three chapters to do some activities. I had downloaded a few of the activity sheets from the official Shakespeare Week website, but the ones I printed turned out to be too schoolish and didn't go down well (although Eldest completed his quickly)...
Youngest's page one: "flip the page to see who is writing"
Youngest's page two: "Mr William Shakespeare"!
Middle's picture of the Globe on fire
Eldest's Portrait of Shakespeare
Finally we watched an animated version of the Tempest from a DVD set that we have - I'm also planning to watch A Midsummer Night's Dream with them on Thursday, and will continue with the insults all week As an English major I'm thrilled to have been able to share some of Shakespeare's world with my boys in a way that - eventually - they found fun.