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!


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!