highlights from a history fair

March 23, 2009

Our homeschooling group hosts a history fair every year and I love it.

I love talking to kids who are excited with what they’re learning about. 

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I love seeing the handiwork of little hands.

(Those are Mr. T’s hands and planets.)

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A collection of Native American dwellings.

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I love seeing the creativity of their displays.

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This was a display on the history of spices. Look at how the seven-year-old creator worked in her love of fabric!

cinnamon display

I love seeing kids chat with each other about what they’ve learned. 

visiting a friend's exhibit

They had their Trip Through Time “passports” stamped or stickered at each exhibit.

I love seeing how proud they are of their work.

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This shot gives a little perspective to the photos of Lulu’s kitchen from my last post.

And I absolutely love seeing thirteen-year-old boys try on tap shoes at a friend’s “History of Tap Dancing” display.

trying on tap shoes

It was a wonderful day.

Postscript to my fabulous regular readers: The last two weeks have been ridiculously busy. Hence, few posts here, and even fewer visits to, and comments on your blogs. I’ll be catching up and making the rounds this week–I miss you.

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stefaneener March 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

It was a wonderful day. The tapping was terrific. I’m already looking forward to next year.

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Kristin March 23, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Thanks for making it possible! You are consistently helpful to our homeschooling support group. Cecilia and I had a wonderful experience learning about spices together. It started with a particular dress she’d been given that she wanted to wear for the event. I mentioned that the dress looked like it was from the middle ages and I started naming things from that time period that we could learn about for the history fair. She chose spices and it lead us to the how the Egyptians and Romans used spices; how the Arabs controlled the trade and the myths they made up to keep people from learning the whereabouts of spices; we learned geography in order to locate where the spices came from; and that the Venetians and Genoans became rich off of spices later on; also, how the Crusaders spread the familiarity and use of spices; and later, how sea exploration made spices more commonplace. It was all so interesting and fun to learn. And then at the fair, there were so many different subjects presented so interestingly. Young kids even put on a play in Latin and a boy, age 7, proudly introduced and play-acted in a puppet show about Don Quixote.

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melissa s. March 24, 2009 at 7:45 am

what a great community of talented kids you have there!

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susan March 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Mr. T’s planets were fantastic. And Clem and I loved seeing Lulu’s Indian kitchen in person. What amazed me about the play and puppet show was the audience! All the kids were so attentive and interested. When we got home Evelyn informed me that we had probably never had real cinnamon and that those “cinnamon” sticks Clem likes to chew on are really cassia. It is so great to see how they learn from each other.

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patricia March 26, 2009 at 8:05 am

Kristin–It’s fun to see how far the love for a dress can take you! It’s amazing how fascinating history is if you start down a path, and just follow it. It sounds like you and Cecilia had a great time learning together.

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Barbara March 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Patricia, it seems that most of the blogs I frequent have been in slow-motion since the start of the year–my own included!

This post makes me excited about the science fair we have coming up in May.

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patricia March 27, 2009 at 6:59 am

Barbara: I agree–it does seem that many other bloggers aren’t posting quite as often these days. If people are actually living rather than blogging, that might not be such a bad thing!

I hope you’ll share your science fair experiences on your blog. Our group is hoping to start our own science fair in the fall, so I’d love to see how you do it.

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