Tuesday, April 10, 2007
All Right, I'm Back/Home-school PE
We had a lovely time yesterday. The kids really enjoyed the movie--B. and I thought it a little lame! I did like the way they wrapped everything up though--and it did have a positive message of "not giving up"! You can read a great review of it here. (Meet the Robinson's) The kids are heading out to Homeschool PE in a couple hours. This program at the YMCA has been such a blessing to our family. PE is the thing my kids look the most forward to all week. The leader is a precious homeschooling mom who takes fitness very seriously. She is very sanguine and loves to make everything fun for the kids. We are sad that we will not be going back after this year. Anyway, every year in April, we have the Home-school Olympics. The kids are broken down into different teams --and they compete against each other in various games--many traditional Olympic games--like javelin throwing and the long jump! It's a blast for the kids all month long. The older kids are the team captains and they paint a lovely banner to represent their team and they come up with their own team cheer. In the past, the teams have been named things like "Crete", "Troy," "Sparta", and "Athens". This year, for a change, they picked names of mountains--the Matterhorn and K-3 are two that were chosen this year! At the opening ceremonies, we have the running of the torch ( a real torch that was actually carried in the Olympics), the presenting of the teams, their banners,and their cheers--and an opening basketball game. The closing ceremonies are the greatest though. This is really made into a big deal. We sing the Star Spangled Banner, the kids always perform a human video of some sort, and the gold, silver, and bronze medals are given out in each category. Every child gets a medal and their faces are always beaming. I am so glad that we have been blessed to be a part of this program for 4 years now. I know it will be one of my kids most precious memories from our years spent home-schooling. I have no earthly idea why this picture posted this way--oh well!