Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Homeschoolers Countries of the World Fair

Our town's Homeschool group has put on a Countries of the World Fair for over 18 years. For the past several years, I have been the coordinator of the event.

Here is what I sent out to our newsletter to encourage participation-

“Homeschoolers Countries of the World Fair” will be held at (name of church) on March 28th at 7 p.m.

How to participate

1. Sign up by March 1st. Space is limited - first come, first served. Let me know your country when you sign up.

2. Study a country

3. Prepare a display about your country (you will have a round table to display your work)

4. Prepare a short presentation (4 minute limit) as a family or just by the children (presentations must include the students)

5. Prepare two dishes from your country's menu & have on your table for tasting as we visit your display

6. $8/family to cover cost of paper goods, programs and donation to church for use of facilities.

7. You may come to the church anytime after 6 PM to set up your display, but please be ready to go by 7 PM

Optional - dress in costume from your country

Last Friday night was our Fair. This year we had an unusually low turnout - only 7 families - but still had a wonderful time. In the past we have had as many as 18 families participate. One dad commented that he really like the small group better - more intimate.

The displays were fabulous. Projects like this are so important for the children - setting goals, having to meet a deadline, working together with your family on a projects, preparing a presentation and then showing off your display to family and friends.

I love the creativity of the presentations. This year we had one family perform a Russian song with guitar, cello, violin, trambourine and triangle. It was great! Another family did a Mexican skit, complete with artistic backdrop. In years past we have had a William Tell play, an Italian puppet show, songs sung in different languages, and beautiful ballet dances. Homeschoolers are so impressive!

2 comments:

Carrie said...

We love the Countries of the World Fair! The week before is a bit crazy, but we're always glad we took the time to study a country. And I must add that the O'Donnell family sings like angels.

Kathy said...

Thanks, Carrie, that was sweet! :-)

I would love to have your children back in choir. Stay tuned for an announcement about an exciting choir opportunity for this summer!