Thursday was our Co-op day and with July being so busy for the community, with the Ag Show, we had previously decided to make the most of any opportunity this event could give to our children. Every year there has been a circus performer (balances, tricks, stilts, juggling etc) come to the Show and has run a suitcase circus where anyone can join in and get training on the spot! So for our Co-op we managed to get a 2 hour workshop with the circus man – Reg Bolten.
There were two other performers joining him for these workshops (they were doing others in the town too) so they split the group of 18 kids into 3 groups. It was great that he split it up not according to ages. I remember seeing little Jaydes face (she is only 4) light up as she talked about big Jess (thats our Jess) and how they kept both dropping the juggling balls! She was delighted to be working/playing with a big girl.
Group one were doing balancing and tumbling with Reg. It was big excitement for Jess, who has never been able to do a summersault, to be able to do it! They also made a human pyramid, and learnt to climb a pole and hold on no hands! Daniel loved that.
Group two learnt to walk on Stilts. It was great to see kids give it a whirl. Some just didnt like it and had a few minutes and said that was enough (mainly the younger ones) others gave it a rest and came back for more and improved second time around. Others just got it Daniel was one of those. He was walking on stilts by himself and getting quite comfortable with the whole thing. He would like us to find out how to build them and to make some of our own.
Group three learnt how to juggle. Once again it was good to see kids not getting it and persevering and improving. I dont think anyone who couldnt juggle actually got it fully but they started to get the swing of it. I actually had a chat to the lady who was teaching this as juggling is something that Daniel would really like to do and we have tried a few times for him. It was good to get a grip, myself, on the flight pattern the balls need to make as they go from hand to hand. Who knows we may actually get it in time to come.
This was definitely a successful Co-op. The weather was perfect and we found a big shady tree to set up camp for the morning (it was fenced so that was a bonus for the mums with little kids). We did start the day with a short session on the character trait, Thoroughness and we ended the day with a few of the families heading off to a park for lunch before we had to set up the Homeschool display at the Ag.Show. So it was a very full day but everyone went home feeling like they had achieved something new and different.