The children had two chapters to read for this class and most of them did! Sadly, my own child was one of the ones who didn’t. We read At the Crossroads Store and Trading with a Christian. Both difficult, both strongly emotional chapters.
In class we talked about the deaths of both Old Ringer and the calf and how Granpa treated the calf. We also talked about how Granpa treated the subject of Little Tree buying the calf and how it might have been different in our families, had the children in class wanted to spend all of their money on a sick animal. It was kind of hilarious. We went through the questions, vocab, etc in our workbooks and moved on to weaving, which most of the kids were very anxious to get back to. This is a strong contrast to the younger class, who were a little stressed out by the dexterity involved in making the cd weavings. The students took these home, so you should have gotten to see them.
They also colored a paper quilt square for the week. They had to pair up in class and choose the role of either preacher or politician and then present a sermon or speech. I made them pair into groups they normally don’t choose. In some cases, this worked out beautifully, in others not so much. How well the kids know one another has a distinct effect on how well they work together. All of the groups chose to be politicians. Benny and Sarah did a puppet show in which they were hand-eels. Stephen and Rachael presented a short campaign speech. Lauren and Martina also presented a campaign speech and theirs was the only one that sounded like a ‘real’ *vote for me I’m lying to you* political cliche. All of them were fabulous and funny.
The kids are all up on what’s happening and participating well in our class discussions.