Thursday, January 22, 2009

Unit 2 Celebration

Our co-op had our Unit Celebration for Unit 2 of Tapestry of Grace last Friday night. A fun time was had by all :-)

Our evening started with the Rhetoric kids reading character sketches they had written about characters from the Odyssey. We don't normally assign writing in our co-op, so we weren't sure what we would get. They did a pretty good job, though. We told them to write a 3-minute oral report, and gave them character qualities to concentrate on based on one of their questions from the Week 17 SAP's. We were proud of them, though none of them quite made it to 3 minutes!

Next, one of the Dialectic groups presented a hilarious re-enactment of the story of Samson and Delilah. Quite entertaining! Samson was too embarrassed to show his face, though, so he looked a little like Cousin It from the Addams Family.

I'm sorry to say I don't have more pictures of the skit, but I was using the wrong setting on my camera and there was too much fast-paced action (!) so they came out blurry. Here is a photo of Delilah talking with the Philistines, though.

Next time, if they'll do costumes, I'll do better with the photography!

After the re-enactment, several of the kids told us about projects they had made over the past nine weeks. We had some really beautiful projects.

This was all followed by the most fun of all, the food! We had a great range of flavors, as this unit included the Israelites, the Philistines, and the Greeks, as well as 1-week each the Chinese, India, and the Mayans. Our food included black bean soup with corn, chinese pot stickers, Philistine Stew, tabouleh, homemade bread, olives, baklava, and a terrific Greek salad. The kids (and some moms) first told us all what we were eating and why they chose that dish to bring, then we could dig in.

The evening ended with fellowship. We all love the Unit Celebrations, especially since they give us a chance to visit with each other. Since we're in separate classes for co-op we don't get much chance to chat. Also, the dads enjoy feeling more a part of what we do.

This is the first year our co-op has been so big (13 families!) and the newer folks are adding so much to our group. It's been a fun year!


lahbluebonnet said...

Wonderful!!!! I love the idea of the papers y'all did! We love doing unit celebrations. We will do Year 3 Unit 2 this Sat.

Deb said...

Your photography is just fine!!! I love reading your blog!

Deb said...

I think your photography is great. You told a good story.

I left you an award on my blog!!!!

Jana said...

Thanks Deb! But you didn't see the shots I deleted ;-)

Mrs. C said...

Very cool! It looks like a great evening.

ReBecca said...

How nice to have a TOG co-op - I wished we had one. I'm enjoying checking out your blog, I do have a question for you - how is the Rainbow Science going? Science is the thorn in my side this year.

TOG mom

Jana said...

Hi ReBecca,

we love our TOG co-op! We did TOG 2 years on our own and it was fine, but I wanted some other kids to do discussion with, so I hosted a Tapestry Tea one year to try to recruit some TOG friends. That year, 3 other families decided to join us. We had a wonderful time together. This year, since we were back on Year 1, we decided to open our co-op to more families. So I hosted another tea, and now we have 13 families! It really is a lot of fun for everyone, and not a whole lot of extra work since the co-op activities are things that go along with our everyday school work.

As for Rainbow Science, it's pretty good buy very pricey. Since I'm using it twice it sort of justified the expense. Plus I bought it used! The experiments are great! You buy the kit and it contains everything you need except distilled water, and they are well explained. Like everything else, we've just got to do it (and that doesn't always happen!)

Kristine said...

Loved hearing about all that was done for your celebration, and what a blessing that the dads could enjoy also!

I'm pretty much liking Rainbow (this is our second year). My dd's okay with it, especially when compared to what else I imagine we could be using! I'm looking forward to using it again with my ds, who will be a little more enthusiastic. :)

dee said...

Thank you for this post! I love to see what other TOG co-ops are doing. Great blog!