Monday, April 19, 2010

Olympics, Family style.

We have been studying ancient Greece (using SOTW) and I decided to let the kids have their own "Olympics" and Greek Feast. The kids planned the contests and made the medals.  The hardest for them was planning the obstacle course, but they persevered and planned a fun path through the backyard.  It included swinging, jumping jacks, trampoline bouncing, jumping over obstacles and running up the  ramp, across the bridge and down.   I am very proud of their planning.  They learned to negotiate what events would be included.  Christopher only wanted events that he could win (Don't we all).  He REALLY protested against the Limbo contest, but he lost that negotiation.  Keener had such a huge advantage, but couldn't figure out how to do it.  Very funny.

I discussed the food feast menu with them, but Elizabeth and I made most of it.  As usual there was too much food, but it was so yummy.  Most of the ideas came from this web site

Here is the menu:
3 different types of olives-green, brine (kalamata), gaeta (olive link here) ,
dried figs, apricots, dates and golden raisins;
hummus and pita
Tyropita-3 cheese stuffed flakey pastry
Spanakopita- spinach and cheese stuffed flakey pastry
Camomile Tea
Tzatziki (Yogurt Cucumber Garlic dip)-SUPER EASY to make!!!
Froutosalata-Fruit Salad with honey dressing- yummy!
We also had two different types of fresh bread-thanks to the store bakery!

They had so much fun practicing the past couple of days and  then participating today.  It was such a great way to start off a week.  We had perfect weather and everyone had fun.

So here are the results:
1st     Christopher
2nd    Elizabeth
3rd     I---- (Our neighbor)
4th     Rolo     
5th     Keener

Bear crawl
1st     Christopher
2nd    Elizabeth
3rd     Rolo
4th     I---- (Our neighbor)     
5th     Keener

1st     Christopher
2nd    I---- (Our neighbor)
3rd     Rolo
4th     Keener    
5th     Elizabeth

Frisbee Toss
1st      I---- (Our neighbor)
2nd   Rolo
3rd     Elizabeth
4th     Christopher     
5th     Keener

Wheelbarrow Race (Teams)
1st      I---- (Our neighbor)/Christopher
2nd   Rolo/Elizabeth
3rd     Keener

Long Jump
1st     Christopher
2nd    Elizabeth
3rd     Rolo 
4th     I---- (Our neighbor)     
5th     Keener

1st     Elizabeth
2nd     I---- (Our neighbor)
3rd     Rolo
4th     Keener
5th     Christopher

Obstacle Course (Time)
1st     Elizabeth (1 min 12.2 seconds)
2nd     Christopher(1 min 18.7 seconds
3rd     I---- (Our neighbor) (1 min 47.4 seconds)
4th     Rolo (1 min 49.9 seconds)
5th     Keener (2 min 35.0 seconds)  
     Keener was adorable doing the obstacle course. The other children helped her.  It was so wonderful to see them cheering her on and helping her not get sidetracked.  She did however tend to stop to fix her socks.  If she wasn't looking like a European tourist with her socks up to her knees, she just wasn't happy!  Made me laugh just to see her stopping to do that.  
Awards Ceremony Picture 

No comments: