"On the Shores of Silver Lake" has kept us quite busy this Christmas season. Despite the crazy schedule, our co-op managed to squeeze in two meetings featuring some "Little House" Christmas activities. The kids are having a ball and are looking forward to seeing their friends each time we get together.
The main Christmas-related activity we did at our first Dec meeting was make wrapping paper by dipping yarn into paint and making stripes.
Many of our families are of Scottish decent and therefore painted their tartan colors. I thought that was so cute.
I think the kids' favorite activity both meetings was the states and capital "Jeopardy-style" game. Not many had studied at the first meeting, but by the second meeting, there was fierce competition! It was a great way for them to learn and now I know them all, too.
Hailey flashed me a thumbs up after she got an answer right, which in turn gave her team points.
Our presentation for the first meeting was on the human eye, since we had just dissected a sheep's eyeball at home. Fun times ;)
The last meeting in December found me attempting to play a brand new Christmas carol out of the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook" called "Merry, Merry Christmas!". I did OK the first two verses, then lost my place, got nervous and bombed the last verse. Of course I went home and played it perfectly. Oh well, we're all learning, including me :) I'm just glad to be playing again.
We always have a potluck featuring foods eaten out of the book we are reading that month. It was quite the feast this month!
Starting at the top and going around clock-wise, we had duck (absolutely delicious), under it some buttermilk mashed potatoes, slow-cooked root veggies, homemade rolls, apple pie, canned peaches and mashed turnips. It was all amazing.
After lunch or "dinner", we had a guest come by and teach us the "Virginia Reel". Since we had so many little kids it was more like herding cats. But was still fun. I decided hoop skirts weren't ideal for dancing in a crowd. I was worried about knocking down small children.
Merry Christmas everyone!