I love this event! One of my favorite of the year. Its our homeschool group's big event of the year. We call it a Family Event because its for the whole family. We hold it on a Saturday so that its easier for most Dads to attend as well.
This is how we do our event. A group meets in the summer to choose a theme (a Five in a Row book) and then plan an outline of our event. This is then shared with the group. We ask people to sign up to attend the event. Once we have numbers attending, the jobs of running the event are divided up and each person picks a job. This is a purely cooperative effort! It always reminds me of the body of Christ as we see each person sharing their gifts and talents to bless the whole group. The other thing that I love is seeing the end result. You see, each person has a job - or sometimes is working in a small group - but we don't really get a full picture of all that will be happening until we arrive. Each person always does so much more than one person or several people could have imagined.
Its hard to explain and I hope I'm doing it justice. We had several new families this year and one of them commented that she had no idea how much fun it would be. We do try to share that, but sometimes its hard to get how neat it really is until you have attended one.
This year we choose Miss Rumphius as our book. The story is about a young girl who lives with her grandfather and she listens to his stories of traveling the world. She says that when she grows up, she will go to faraway places and then return to live by the sea. Her grandfather encourages her to do a third and more difficult thing - find a way to make the world more beautiful.
Our schedule of events. The day began early with set-up and decorations. We gathered at 10 to go over the day's events and start in prayer.
She played Miss Rumphius and told the story as if she were sharing her life with the audience. During various spots in the story, she had friends/brothers go across the back of the set acting out a different character. Joshua is a mountain climber.
They also went fishing for lobsters. (Magnets on the rods and lobsters)
In the Swiss Alps, they played a relay game. This was hilarious! They split into two teams and each person had to put on various snow gear - coat, hat, gloves - then race to a pile of "snow" and move it back to the start.
After all of their hard work, they were rewarded with a treat. There were samples of some yummy swiss food.
And then a favorite of everyones ... ice cream!
The third station was Cafe Djerba in Africa. They learned about some traditional African foods and drinks and were able to sample them. Yum!
Moving on to the hula hoop and keeping it up for 3 times around.
The kids raced in wagons and tried to go down the field, around a cone and back the fastest.
Did I mention that this is one that is fun for all ages?
Especially if you win.
The way that Miss Rumphius makes the world a more beautiful place is by planting seeds ... lots of them ... all around her town. At one of the stations, the children made seed mosaic pictures.
I am also thankful for the blessing of using Five in a Row which has helped create many sweet and lasting memories for my family!