S12 is now S13. She celebrated her birthday with a “fandom” party, with her theme including elements from several of her favorite games. Undertale, Pokemon, Yandere Simulator, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Overwatch, and Stardew Valley were all represented. There was even a little nod to Minecraft.
Today I got to see the girls in “Romeo & Juliet: Restaurant Wars!”- a spin on the Shakespearean classic tale. DH went to last night’s show, which was opening night and, from the sounds of it, a bit rough. Tonight’s show was really fantastic. O11 played Amy, Juliet’s BFF. S12 played Fryer Laurence, a chicken merchant.
This show was the final project for the homeschool theater class they’ve been doing since the fall. The class also included basic theater elements, set design and lighting, choreography, and improvisation. We will have one final class this term to celebrate the show and do a final Improv performance, possibly live-streaming online.
This morning the girls both attended jazz dance technique class at the Stage Door. They are working on their number for the studio’s recital in June.
In the afternoon, S11 attended a birthday party for M14, a friend from co-op. He invited several other friends from co-op, mostly those in the chess club. We got him a chess t-shirt that had a graphic of the pieces with the tag line, “Choose Your Weapon!” It was fun to see the kids interact. The youngest was V10, with a range of ages in between her and M14. Both boys and girls were invited, which was very refreshing. I appreciate that homeschooling allows kids to be friends with a range of ages well before high school (and life) begins.
Today the girls participated in their dance studio’s Christmas show, “A Spirit of Giving”.
The show was originally supposed to be held at Struthers Middle School, but Struthers won their basketball division and had playoff games that would conflict with our show date, so the studio had to pick an alternate venue at quite the last minute.
Our alternate venue ended up being smaller, older, and not very well-equipped. There were a number of sound and lighting problems. The stage was not as wide or deep, and the opening number ended up squished into the back and side curtains. O9 was indignant as she was one of the dancers elbowed out of the spotlight.
In spite of the technical issues, the show was a good experience for the kids to do. They worked hard to rehearse and we enjoyed seeing them on the stage. O9 was in the opening number and a jazz routine, while S11 was in the opening number plus ballet and jazz numbers. S11 seems to have re-kindled her passion for dance and wants to do even more ballet, and possibly modern.
Today in NYC we visited the Empire State Building. It involved a lot of waiting in line to get to the 102nd floor, but the park service does a good job with large displays on the history of the building, so you learn quite a bit and pass the time fairly quickly.
This morning we attended the week 1 CoOp session, and then headed to our local Barnes and Noble in the afternoon for a Mini Maker Faire.
Truthfully, the maker faire was a bit disappointing. It was really just a product expo for some STEM-related merchandise. The stuff was cool, and it was hands-on, but it felt really sales-pitchy and not very organic. The Maker Faire we attended at the Akron Public Library was a lot more to our liking. But we still had fun trying out some of the products.
S11 designed some “Modern Pirate Attire”. I love her attention to detail, and emphasis on weaponry.
The kids also had a chance to try some mini robots that could follow a line drawn by a special pen, and sewed a pillow with fabric they printed from a computer image.