Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Battle in the Wood

"Let a child have the meat he requires in his history readings, and in the literature which naturally gathers around this history, and imagination will bestir itself without any help of ours; the child will live out in detail a thousand scenes of which he only gets the merest hint."
Charlotte Mason

My children sent this video to me last night. They have been making costumes and videos all summer with our little digital camera. My five year old stars in this one. Now I know why they wanted to borrow the ketchup that day. I warn you, it's not for the faint hearted.


  1. Absolutely fabulous! Thanks for the showing.

  2. Wow! That was great acting and filming. My kids really enjoyed watching with me.

    By the way, I was inspired by the artist study badge on your blog, so I made one of my own. We are starting with Manet. Thanks for the idea!

  3. That is so great!!

  4. Teresa23.10.08

    My boys LOVED it! Great job!

  5. That is so wonderful! The CM quote truly captures the essence of what a living education produces in our children's lives! Your children are certainly fruitful!

  6. Thank you and your children for sharing the video. My three guys (7, 9, and 9) were quite inspired! When we adopted them 18mos ago they didn't know how to play at all (just watch TV). Now they are starting to act out what they are learning as well. Pilgrims Progress is the current favorite but as we are in AO yr 2 (middle ages) they were quite excited about the knights and the potential for them to imitate (sincere flattery).

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. This was SOOOOOO Fantastic!! Thanks for inspiring my kiddos to film their shenanigans.

  8. BRAVO!

    My daughter has been doing short filmings with her younger siblings (including the baby!) and would be so inspired by this one.

    Thanks for sharing:)

  9. I love it!

    Our kids (7, 5, and 3) would love making movies. I'll have to show this to them.

    What a fabulous soundtrack too!


  10. I'm glad those weren't real swords! LOL

    Funny how the violent scenes always get acted out - why not the quilting bees?

    Awesome stuff, your kids are magical :)

  11. ((((applause))))

    Bravo! Bravo!!!

    Iris (my 7 yr old) wants to know who paid for the ketchup.

    It was a wonderful work, but how did you feel when you saw your baby boy laying on the ground, covered in blood/ketchup? With that music playing?

    My breath got caught in my throat!

    Tell your children they did such a good job that it manipulated the emotions of a complete stranger! (grin)

    I look forward to more!

  12. My kids loved it!

  13. Absolutely brilliant!!! Lindafay you should be VERY proud of your kidlets!!!! They did oh so well with this!

  14. Love, love love it!
    We all loved it!
    The soundtrack worked so well with it. My big son recognized Narnia.
    My little son said it was such a cool show!

  15. Ooops...
    not Narnia...
    Lord of the Rings he says!
    Let us know!

  16. My youngest three (7, 6, 4.5) all said "Watch it again! Watch it again!" But my daughter said "it was sad that the boy was left alone at the end..."

    Definitely inspired some new outside play for my kids...I also talked with them about how nicely siblings need to play together in order to be able to make something so cool...teachable moments! :-)

  17. What wonderful imaginations!! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings, Melissa

  18. Don't kids have the best imaginations!?

  19. That video is amazing!! Your kids are so talented! I was actually hanging on because I wanted to see how it ended. :)

  20. Anonymous10.11.08

    That's so cool. Thanks for sharing.

  21. My children wanted to know how you got the music - they started to do some filming, but want to know where to get the music. Do you already have it, or did you find it online???

    It was wonderful!

  22. I adore these kids...

  23. Deb,
    They already had the music and just added into the background and muted their voices.