The end of the week is finally here, and I. am. exhausted. At the last minute (Sunday, actually), I decided to scrap homeschool activities for this week in order for my kids to participate in our church’s CaveQuest Vacation Bible School. For those of you who are familiar with my blog, you might remember that they just did VBS last month, and, although our church was a sponsor of that one, they weren’t the hosts. CaveQuest is the first VBS we’ve attended at this church, and I’m just blown away by it.
Caollin (12) and I have been volunteering as crew leaders, and while it is so, so tiring, it’s also been so exciting to see how enthusiastic our new church is about spreading the gospel.
I’m estimating that there are at least 200 kids attending (we still have one day left) and at least 50-75 people volunteering.
The decorations are absolutely amazing. There are entire rooms that have been made into caves with dark paper hanging from the ceilings and walls, along with stalactities and stalagmites made out of foam and spray painted in glow-in-the dark colors hanging from the ceiling and coming up from the floor. In fact, the cave theme is consistent throughout most of the church- and it’s a big church. What can I say? I’m a visual person, so I really enjoy this part!
These photos don’t even give the decorations justice. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get better pictures because it’s very hard to find time to take pictures when there’s not crowds of kids everywhere.
As for school, I’m not even considering this to be a break week because the kids have learned so much. The activities literally look like a curriculum! VBS has covered:
Language Arts– Bible verse memorization, writing on the “God Sightings” wall; vocab.- “spelunking”
Math– Counting the change to go to our missionaries in Tanzania
Social Studies/History– lots of time with friends, learning about missionaries and countries such as Tanzania, India, and Spain; geography; learning about other religions like Hinduism, Pantheism, and Islam; biblical history
Science– learning about cave exploration, stalactites, stalagmites, snottites, bats, echolocation; made ‘snots’
Gym– water games outside everyday; dancing during music time
Art– made ‘snots’ (snottites), drawing with spirographs
Music– lots and lots of singing
Life Skills– preparing snacks for other groups
Other than VBS, we haven’t had too much going on. To be honest, I’m too tired to do much more! On Monday, I did take Dillon (16) to the orthodontist for a consultation, x-rays, and a molding. I was there for two hours, but I was completely fascinated by the art gallery-like interior decorating.
Isn’t it cool? Again, these photos don’t do justice to what it actually looked like.
Today I got our homeschool affidavit notarized, and I took it to the school district. While we were there, Devin (17) got her working papers. She’s been dying to get a job, so now she’s all set!
So…that’s about it. On Saturday we’re attending a family reunion and on Sunday we’re visiting our old church for our kids to see their friends. Should be a fun, but busy weekend. It’ll be so relaxing to just get back into our regular homeschool routine next week, which is odd if you think about it!
What’s your week been like?