Oh how did I get so behind? I’m behind on blogging, behind on sleep, behind on laundry, and behind on remembering to brush my teeth! Just kidding. I brushed them yesterday. I think.
Last week at our homeschool co-op* we were lucky enough to secure the services of Grant, A+ homeschooler and son of a couple of great parents who have traveled the globe.
*I can’t just write ‘coop’ it looks like chicken coop, and it makes me think of how I haven’t cleaned out the nesting boxes, and then I get all distracted wondering if anyone has been out to get the eggs, and that’s how I forget to post.
Grant brought artifacts from Kenya to show us in our Discover Africa class (and he’s coming back in a couple of weeks when we visit Ethiopia, hopefully with his dad who was born there and speaks the language!!). I didn’t get photos of them all (too mesmerized by hand sewn machete sheaths, but by far the coolest thing? Was the spear the warriors would use to hunt lions. They don’t stalk the big cats, they find them, and then wait, with the spear poised. The lion smells them, stalks them and then pounces, impaling itself on the spear, while the warrior hopefully escapes with only a few scratches.
Holy bravery batman.
The tribes don’t do this much anymore, as to protect the lion population, but it used to mean the warriors were officially “men” after they’d killed their first lions. I should say so. Yeesh.
We also made our own Kigogo games with egg cartons and lots of Skittles. I highly suspect more Skittles were eaten than played with though!
In Out of this World we used my moon phases download and a whole bunch of Oreo cookies (more eating ensued, naturally). We also bought stock in Play-Doh so we could make a whole bunch of model earths, complete with inner core, outer core, mantel, and crust. Many kids went the extra mile and added oceans and continents in some pretty impressive detail — and moons, as Mr K. is demonstrating for us below.
I missed getting photos of the Sparrow Girls working on their super secret service project, which is good, I suppose, being that it’s super secret. But I did get a picture or two of them working on their Fun & Games badge… who knew this generation didn’t know how to play Hopscotch? Makes me want to have one painted one on the back patio, just like the one I had as a kid.
I couldn’t find a store that sold Hoppy Taws anywhere. Guess you have to get ‘em online nowadays. Man, I feel old.
We need another classic game for tomorrow — I was thinking Four Square. Any other ideas?