This is my third and final post on the organization of our CM co-op, Truth, Beauty, Goodness. (The first is "Beginning Considerations" and the second is "The Schedule".) I will explain how we wrap up our semester with Family Night. This is a simple program so that family and friends can share in what the students have worked on all semester. Our latest program is listed below so you can see the variety of things we do. The schedule varies from program to program and usually ends with a dessert buffet.
At our Family Night program, each teacher introduces and explains her subject, but the focus is on the students. They recite poetry, sing hymns and folk songs, perform Shakespeare and other things. We try to include surprises for the students and have enjoyed some creative offerings. For example, when we finished Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream last year, we surprised the dads in the audience by giving them quick props and scripts from the rude mechanicals' scene where they act out Pyramus and Thisbe. Of course, the students were very familiar with it and howled with laughter as their dads deftly played the parts of Pyramus, Thisbe, the lantern, the wall and the lion.
|fall 2009 - Pyramus and Thisbe|
|conferring during a game of Name That Tune|
The next document is our scope and sequence to date. How exciting it is to look back and see the "many" from the "gazing on many truths."
When we finished with Family Night last week, I heard comments like, "Why do we have to take a break?" and "When will we start again?" I hope these posts have given you some fresh ideas for your co-op!
|artist and prints|