First Day of Homeschool Co-op
Many, many thanks to PB&JMom for a wonderful day! She put together a great theme that covered geography, science, art, history, cultural studies, literature and critical thinking skills. Her topic was Brazil and she did a great job presenting the information, working with the children to engage all ages and encouraging them to think about things they’ve learned in the past. I was most impressed (she had a slideshow… you just can’t help but be impressed when there’s a slideshow involved!), and learned that my little project for November’s co-op is going to need some beefing up to qualify as a co-op day!
The kids all came home with maps of Brazil (my boys cheesed out on coloring theirs – I don’t know where they were when we were coloring maps…), the Brazilian flag (which they did color), Brazilian ecosystems and animal life, a lengthy discussion on the Amazon Rainforest and even had a Brazilian themed lunch of black bean soup, fresh mangoes and avocados, and Brazilian lemonade (which was absolutely incredible).
After lunch and some outside playtime, the kids crowded inside for a craft; they made rain sticks from paper towel tubes, small nails, brown rice and masking tape.
We wrapped up the day’s lessons with a Welcome to Brazil YouTube video, then sent the children outside to play. Some of them sneaked back inside though.
We ended up with PuddleJumper as an overnight buddy; one of the few that the boys have had – the first, now that I think about it, who isn’t both a girl and related to them… what fun!