Last Friday, the oldest two exhibited their Slovakia Project at the Home Educators Geography Fair.
I thought I’d write a bit more about the day and our experience in case there are other home educators who are thinking about doing something similar in their community.
Another, very experienced home educator had booked a large community hall for three hours. The cost of hire for the venue was split equally between all families that were attending and it was only 89p each in the end.
I think some 30+ families were initially planning to be there, but on the day there were around 22ish I think. Inevitably illness or other things come up which means people can’t always continue with original plans.
The brief was deliberately vague – families were to have something to exhibit that was related to Geography. We obviously chose a country, as did many other families but others chose local places (Thors Cave in Derbyshire) or local(ish) physical features such as Mount Snowdon (and were able to talk about their experience climbing Snowdon and how they worked out their route and the distance it was etc).
The projects were presented in a range of ways – some people had huge project boards, which is something I think we might invest in at some point in the not too distant future, and others presented theirs as a lapbook. Some presented huge maps and others presented 3d models made from chicken wire and papier-mache.
Our project was displayed on some cardboard packaging that folded out – I felt it was enough for the children to aim to fill at the moment, given their age. When we arrived there were a number of tables set out and the aim was to have 2-3 projects per table with some others utilising the stage area at the back of the room to stand their displays on.
We also took along our Medovniky biscuits, and many others took along samples of food too. It ranged from sweets from Greece, home-made pitta and hummus, Borsch and liquorice. There was a lot to sample!
Once all the families had set their displays up it was time to have a wander around and take a look at what other families had done. It was lovely to see Mr D and Miss E chatting with some friends as they explained about the things they had done for their project, which ranged from talking about their holidays to showing them the mosaics they had made (which Mr D promptly declared we would have to try). He enjoyed talking to some of the older children as they explained how they had measured the distance they planned to walk using various methods.
We talked about Germany, Russia, Texas and Egypt. We looked at a fabulous display about Scandinavia as well as admiring the papier mache cave.
The organiser had arranged for ‘Judges’ who walked around each project. At the end of the event, all the children were gathered at the front and the judge talked about each of the projects in turn, and each family was able to come and chose a prize.
The fair was really enjoyable and it was great for Mr D and Miss E to display their work and to talk to others about it. It also gave me (and them) ideas about how we might approach future projects.
Next up we plan to look at the Romans – I am planning to make some lapbooks with them as this seems to be something they both enjoy, and they often spend time looking back at things they’ve done in the past.