Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Fandango

I. Am. So. Tired.

We started Friday Co-op last week, and this week in earnest. So far it's shaping up to be a very successful semester. Eliza stipulated that I must participate in her classes in order for her to attend, so I am assisting (not teaching) this semester, in "Ancient Egypt" and "Fairy Wonderland." Fairy Wonderland is ... a little bit cheesy, just between you and me ... BUT, we dyed playsilks with Kool-Aid powder today, and you really can't get much cooler than that.

Ian is taking a Mad Science Experiments class and a Rube-Goldberg class, both taught by the same set of parents, and then after lunch, a class called "Battles and Biscuits." A few worthy attributes of this particular lineup:
1. His friend Truman is in every single class with him.
2. He gets to do fascinating science experiments that ACTUALLY WORK. (I am apparently under a SCIENCE EXPERIMENT CURSE, under which even the simplest of experiments go awry and fail to prove any valid scientific point.)
3. He's doing basic engineering in the Rube-Goldberg class, making contraptions that move things from Point A to B ... and you KNOW I wouldn't be teaching that at home!
4. Battles and Biscuits is pretty much exactly what is sounds like, studying medieval history by making food and weapons, and then enacting mock slaughter on the lawn.

Caroline is in the preschool class. Nothing to say there, but I WILL tell you that this afternoon the child tried to mop the chicken pen with my kitchen mop, dipping it in the water trough in between strokes. Apparently that dirt floor was just entirely too dirty.


Jenny said...

The co-op classes sound awesome!! I've been wanting to build a Rube Goldberg machine with my 5th graders for a while now, but haven't been able to make time in the schedule yet.

Also, I think it's time for a new mop. ;)

Vanessa said...

I think it would be so cool to teach a co-op class. Hmm, now your post has got me thinking if it is possible to do so.