Let’s Celebrate Year 1 Unit 1!

Fall means new beginnings… New notebooks. New literature and history books! New grades… new everything! The air is naturally filled with excitement in September with so much “new-ness.” As the year drones on and the excitement tends to wane, it can be easy to lose the enthusiasm. We’ve found end-of-unit celebrations to be just what the doctor ordered to give our studies a celebratory feeling all year long. Who doesn’t like a party?

Certainly not these children…

Or these adults!

While we’ve enjoyed Tapestry of Grace (ToG), a literature-rich, Classical curriculum, for five years, this is the first year we’ve joined other families in our studies. The saying, “Many hands make work light” has never been more true! Planning was easy for this event. We just asked each family to bring some food and come prepared to share highlights of our first nine weeks of learning. While historically significant food, like a Seder meal, would have been fun, we opted for simplicity and enjoyed a traditional potluck.

While the Tapestry teacher’s notes as well as several Yahoo support groups contain endless ideas for planning a celebration, we truly did little planning for this event. We simply set aside an afternoon for the children to demonstrate their new knowledge and accomplishments. Here are some highlights of our first celebration this past fall…

After our shared meal, we had a time for presentations and my living room was packed!

Talented musicians opened our time with the national anthem of Israel. This piano and violin duet beautifully set the stage, taking us back to the ancient cultures and preparing us to hear all about our nine weeks of learning.
Three of our upper-grammars met weekly to work on their lap books. They loved the weekly additions they added to their project. What a wonderful way to reinforce history concepts!
The lower grammars got the giggles as they performed a little skit…
A  display of beautiful Creation posters

One family brought in a Seder plate and explained the symbolism of each item. This was especially meaningful after our study of the Hebrew people.

Our art demonstrations were fantastic!

Some dialectics shared posters illustrating the Hebrew alphabet and Abraham’s family tree…

Two Egyptian princesses hosted a question and answer session about their culture. The quote I remember is, “This blond bun has no historical cultural relevance whatsoever. Chloe has a more authentic hairstyle, most definitely.” Both girls knew their history and shared numerous interesting facts. The adults could not stump them with any amount of questions!

A performance that will not soon be forgotten is this one… An Egyptian rap about Queen Hatshepsut – who really did build a “pink sphinx.” The inspiration for this musical masterpiece occurred during a rhetoric discussion. These girls met on a Sunday afternoon to put their thoughts to music and this is the result…

It’s unbelievable how much we covered in just 9 short weeks! Creation. Noah. The passover. The tabernacle. Abraham. Moses. Slavery in Egypt. Deliverance. The Ten Commandments. Ancient Egyptian culture. Mesopotamia. Geography. Jewish holidays and so much more!

Our first end-of-unit gathering filled my home with energy and enthusiasm… enough to inspire us to persevere. Our goal of this gathering, to enjoy an afternoon sharing our nine weeks of learning, no doubt was accomplished. Because the children selected what they desired to share, they felt ownership of their studies and proud of their achievements. As our afternoon drew to an end, I heard chatter full of ideas for “next time.” Learning is fun, and this gang looks forward to all that’s in store, especially three more fun-filled end-of-unit celebrations!

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    […] children planned the program for this gathering. After our Unit 1 celebration, they couldn’t wait to take the stage! Our dialectic class wrote and performed a play about […]

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