As we were at the grocery store getting the final preparations yesterday (fresh flowers per my daughter's request, and napkins with lemons on them) I found the kids talking to the cashier and man bagging our groceries about our party and about lemons. The cashier remarked what wonderful children they were and where did they go to school. Homeschool - score 10!
Before we ate dinner the kids and dad acted out Lentil. My son played the part of Lentil (the boy, complete with harmonica playing) and my daughter read the book. My husband was the town curmudgeon, Old Sneep. I wish I had gotten a video of him wearing a silly hat and sucking on a lemon - it was priceless! It got a lot of laughs, and the kids had fun time performing for their family. Here's a brief synopsis of the story from good reads:
I could kick myself for not taking more pictures last night, but I did get a few before our guests arrived. Once everyone was there I was busy getting dinner on the table, organizing the actors, etc.... You know how it goes.
My daughter loves setting a pretty table, and I think it's getting to be a lost art, so here's our table:
If you can't tell, I'm SOLD on Five in a Row. Not only have we learned a lot of things about geography, science, literature, and social studies, we have forever put the memory of this book in our minds. That is a gift.