Saturday, April 18, 2009

Unit 3 Celebration

We had our Tapestry of Grace co-op's Unit 3 Celebration a couple of weeks ago, and I only remembered to take a few pictures. I got this really neat camera, and I can never remember to use it!

We had a very nice turnout, and lots of good food. I will say, though, that I'll be glad to move on to a new year plan, where there will hopefully be more food selections ;-) We've spent just about the whole year in the ancient Mediterranean area. Let's see... olives, whole grain bread, grapes. We've about done all the combinations you can do! We did have some yummy baklava, a great Greek salad, some chicken kabobs, and some tasty yogurt/cucumber dip this last time. I should have taken pictures!

Some terrific projects were on display. One of the groups made amazing models of Phoenician boats using paper mache over a 2-liter soda bottle. They even made models of the cargo. Also on display were some Greek-style pots, made by taking a terra cotta pot, tracing an image on the sides, and painting around the images with black paint. (pictures would've been nice...)

One of the groups took a poem about some men from the ancient Greek period and divided it up into sections. One student took each section and recited it from memory for the parents.

The rhetoric group and their siblings performed the play about Job that is in Week 23 of the TOG year plan. It is the story from the Bible, but set in a Greek drama format. The kids wore Greek style costumes with masks, and the characters were Job, God, Satan, Job's Wife, and the Chorus. I did take pictures of that!

Here are Job (in blue), Satan (in black), and God (in white) fooling around in rehearsals.



Here's a picture of the Chorus and Chorus Leader (Job's Wife). (notice poor Job's Wife is on crutches)




Here one of the servants is reporting to Job that all of his children have been killed in a terrible accident.




Here are God and Satan discussing Job's fate. The student who played Satan came up with a really terrific voice for his character!



Here's the cast!





If you have a group of kids, I recommend doing this play. We had a lot of fun, and it didn't take a lot of work. We of course could've put more time into scenery, costumes, and memorizing lines, but even with the kids reading their lines from cards they had a great time and learned a lot. And that's what it's all about, right?

1 comment:

Kristine said...

What?!?!?! You'd trade Greek food like gyros, hummus, olives, baklava, couscous and all that good stuff for medieval food like split pea soup and bread and cheese? (wink)