Thursday, February 21, 2013

Poll for March 8th

On Friday, March 8th we were scheduled to have a Mass and Potluck activity instead of normal Friday co-op activities. Well the church ended up with conflicts of space and asked if we could use the cafe instead of the cafeteria for our potluck. We agreed to move, but the cafe is very small for our entire group to have a potluck in. So, we came up with a few options of what to do instead of the potluck. Please vote below and the winner is what we will do.

To clarify the Stations & Fish Fry is to attend those activities that are already going on at SEAS. Stations starts at 3pm in the sanctuary and then there is a fish fry afterwards in the cafeteria. I have no idea what the charge is for the fish fry.

What activity would you like to do March 8th?

normal co-op day with adoration & classes0%
attend stations at 3p & fish fry afterword0%
no activity at all0%
don't care what we do0%
Other: (Please specify)0%

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ukrainian Egg Class This Friday

This Friday, February 15th, Katie will be teaching the older group traditional Ukrainian Egg decorating. Please read her description below before class this week if you have a child in the olders class.

The classes will switch times as Katie cannot get away from work until later in the day. Katie will arrive at 3:00 to set up and then the olders class will begin promptly at 3:30, in the old youth room. So the younger group will go with Shelly to the youth room right after adoration, and the olders will go to the cafe right after adoration.

We will need as many adults as possible helping in the egg class.

Here is Katie's info:
Class 1: Explain Ukrainian eggs. Tie in to Lent.  Explain colors and symbols.
Explain safety and rules.  Children who cannot sit still will not be successful in this class.
Demonstrate how to write on the eggs.
Give each student an egg with pencil markings on it.
Students will cover the pencil markings with hot wax using the kisky.

I will take all eggs home and dye them in yellow.

Class 2: Students will continue working on the eggs according to the pattern (everyone's eggs will have the same pattern)
Students will dye eggs in class.
Students will remove the wax once their egg is finished.  I expect some kids to finish their first egg during this class.

I will take cleaned eggs home and apply varnish and bring back next week.

Class 3:  Students will finish their first egg and remove the wax. For students who are really behind, it would be helpful if their parent or other adult worked with them one-on-one.
Those finished with their first egg may work on a second egg.
I will bring my electric kisky and lathe for those who finish their first egg to use.  We will probably reserve these for the oldest kids.

I will take cleaned eggs home and apply varnish and send back next week.

I don't have any solutions for those who do not finish their eggs after the third class.  We will not be doing an difficult pattern, so everyone should finish in 3 classes.  If a child is sick and misses a class, it may be difficult for them to finish their egg.

I will only have enough eggs for 2 per student.  They will have to be very careful not to break eggs.  These eggs are not hollow.  The egg inside the shell has been drying for over a year.

The tools we use to write the wax on the eggs are called kisky. They cost $5.00 each.  I have a decent supply so we will not have to purchase any.  If anyone wants to work on eggs at home after the class, I will ask for a $5 deposit for each kisky (there are 3 sizes).  The beeswax cost 50 cents each and the candle costs 25 cents.

Let me know if you have any questions.  I am looking forward to sharing this art form with the kids!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Monthly Mom's Breakfast is this Saturday

If you are a Catholic homeschooling Mom and need some quality time with other Mom's, please come to our breakfast this month. We always come away from breakfast a little less stressed and more refreshed!

This months breakfast is on Saturday, Feburary 16th and they are always the third Saturday of the month.

We meet at the Village Inn on S Campbell, in Springfield, at 8:00 am. We usually wrap up 9:30 to 10:00 am, but feel free to leave earlier if you need.

Please RSVP, by email or by making a comment on this post. Hope to see lots of you there.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentine's Party

This Friday, February 8th, lets do a simple Valentines party at co-op. The kids can exchange Valentines and I will make sure snack is special. We won't be decorating bags or boxes for the exchange, so please bring something to hold your child's valentines in. The exchange will occur during snack/social time.

Should we exchange with everyone, or just within the age groups? I may be a little short on Valentines if we do everyone.