Our group's preschoolers had fun with salt-dough (above) and the school-age kids built a mud and clay mountain around a plastic bottle. The right mix inside created this bubbling, oozing "lava."
Here you see our crew standing behind their volcano (below).
After the eruption of the volcano, the kids relaxed with some popcorn, water, and playtime. With full tummies and quenched thirst, we spread out in the shade on blankets and had our sharing time. Already the kids seem to be enjoying this part of our time together.
We are a shy family and standing up before a group is difficult, but I'm already seeing the kids relax a little and look forward to watching them get better and better at talking in front of a group.
Each student shared something that they worked on in their Tapestry of Grace studies for Week 2. Sydney shared her picture study of a Matisse painting. Hope read her answers to the thinking questions related to the book Sounder, their literature assignment for weeks one and two. Lane talked about his draw and caption page on T. Roosevelt (the subject of a previous post.)
Our co-op topic and work that we share pertains to the week prior to our meeting. Since we don't have rhetoric level kids yet, it is okay to meet for the hands-on activity and discussion after we've all completed a week of reading, studying, and projects at home.