Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Lloydminster Homeschool Association Christmas Extravaganza and Expose

Although I didn't manage to take any photos on Sunday afternoon, the Christmas Extravaganza and Expose, hosted by the Lloydminster Homeschool Association, was a resounding success.

The event was held at Lloydminster Gospel Fellowship (LGF) from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Granny Trudy and Grandpa Dennis drove to Lloydminster in the morning and attended the service at LGF.  So they were there when we arrived.

Alisdair was the fourth item on the program.  He read the poem, "When Santa Claus Was Ill" with much expression.  (The poem is posted in a previous blog entry).  Several folk came up afterwards and said what a nice job he'd done ... (comments like that do a Mother's heart good!)  The program was varied with some violin solos, piano pieces, a ballet number to the song "Breath of Heaven," a hilarious skit "The Stable Bob Built," and a powerpoint presentation on a missions trip a teenage girl had taken. The entertainment portion concluded with the children playing percussion instruments and a couple of Christmas carols, led by Jason and Janelle Reinhart.  Unfortunately the stage wasn't big enough, so a gymnastics demonstration had to be cancelled.

A sweet little blonde boy recited the poem "Don't Miss Out":

"The man whispered, “God, speak to me”
and a meadowlark sang.
But, the man did not hear.
So the man yelled, “God, speak to me”
and the thunder rolled across the sky.
But, the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said, “God, let me see you”
and a star shone brightly.
But, the man did not notice.
The man shouted, “God, show me a miracle!”
And a life was born.
But, the man did not see.
So, the man cried out in despair, “Touch me God,
and let me know you are here!”
Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But, the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way that you expect!"
                                             ~ Author Unknown

Appetizers and punch were served in the Narthex (which is known as "The Gathering Place").  A time of visiting followed.  Tables had been set up at the back of the sanctuary with space for students to display items they had been working on.  One boy had a volcano and he made it erupt for the event.  Others had posters about the famous people they had been studying and some had brought reports they had written on various topics.  Alisdair had a display of his lapbooks and we had also put together a book with pictures of our Guy Fawkes Night fun to show what we had done.

All in all, it was a worthwhile afternoon celebrating learning, the family and most of all, our children.

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