Today was Destination Imagination tournament day! Our team has been preparing for this since last November. If you haven't heard of this great program, I posted about it in January with a link back to their website.
Our team consisted of four third-graders, one fourth-grader, and two fifth-graders. They worked together to research traditions of six different countries to incorporate into an improvisational skit which they put on for a panel of judges. Sound easy? Well, they ALSO had to somehow get in three senses (hearing, smelling, taste, etc.), an original object which they had to make on-site, a "situation" (which they learned as they went in to prepare their skit), and a picture (which they saw one minute before they went on). They had 30 minutes to prepare all this and come up with a six minute skit consisting of 3 scenes. Whew! And they DID it!
I am so proud of them!
Needless to say, most of my spare time for the last week has been spent getting these kids ready for the tournament. Getting seven bright, creative kids all moving in the same direction is MY challenge. Each year (this is my fifth) during the week before tournament I start wondering why I am doing this and if I can possibly go on doing it for another year. Then we go to tournament and I start making plans for next year!
On a quilty note, thank you for all the comments on the lilac block and the charm square blocks. The lilac was made by a member of my guild, and it is so pretty I want to make a really good border for her. That's for tomorrow! Right now, I'm going to settle down with a nice hot cup of coffee, put my feet up, and start planning for next year's DI team.
Have a wonderful weekend!