June 8, 2008

Home-Education Fair

Tertullian, in his 2nd century defense of Christians remarks how Christian love attracted pagan notice: "What marks us in the eyes of our enemies is our loving kindness. 'Only look,' they say, 'look how they love one another'" (Apology 39).

This struck me as an appropriate quote for this wonderful homeschooling day we hosted.

Everyone arrived about 10am (nice and clean and tidy....) Here is Pippin and his twin-friend checking out our dog who seems to have claimed our picnic table.

After talking for nearly an hour we started the recital.

There were about 30 children present and 6 or 7 mothers.

Some played the piano

Some gave an oral presentation.

Some played a duet

This boy played the trumpet! I would love for one of mine to learn the trumpet, I love brass ensembles!

One played the violin

And another played an oboe.

Now what sets homeschoolers apart when it comes time for a recital? The show will stop for a short "class" on some unusual bit or piece, in this case it started with the oboe.... and no one thinks its out of the ordinary.

The oboe and trumpet duet with an adorable on-looker.

These 2 young ladies did the famous Abbott and Costello "Who's on First" routine and I must say they did an excellent job! Very entertaining!

Many children brought their school projects to show.

This is Sam's windmill, that is a working windmill. He built it to light up a lightbulb.

This was a WWII diaramma, the owner gave a great presentation on it as well.

The "castle" is Merry's, made out of stacking pegs. If you need an item to keep a toddler busy get stacking pegs!

Sam fixed up our learning altar a bit though we still need frames for the Altar Cards. He added in the burse and the altar cloth that goes over the chalice.

Chatty ladies!

Pippin *loves* "choklit"

After lunch the older children helped do a mini-olympics. I was so impressed how they were able to pull it altogether.

Wee Tree-leggered Racers

Pippin falling apart at the end of the day.

Tug of War

Good ol' Fashioned Red Rover

I liked this one with our "red rover" wandering through the game!

A good friend brought these beautiful flowers along when she was unable to find *roses*.
The last guests left about 4:00... all with children very dirty!

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