We had such a great time planning and an even greater time spending it with our friends. Here is how it went.
My friend Michelle is married to someone who is Greek and has family who actually knows how to speak and write in Greek. So I asked if she would give me a Greek greeting so my boys could greet their guests as they arrive and I also asked if she could bring each of the children's names written in Greek. How cool huh? Here is Brendan and some of the others getting ready to make their own name place for the dinner table.
After they wrote their names in Greek, we gathered together for a symposium. Many Greeks were great thinkers and philosophers. Particularly in Athens, people were encouraged to speak their mind. They gathered and ate grapes and nuts and talked about life. The kids did great. They came prepared to talk about what makes people happy and also discuss their favorite Greek god/goddess or hero of Greek mythology.
Then we went outside for the Olympic pentathlon. Five athletic events:
Throwing the javelin....(chopstick)
Hurling the discus...(Frisbee)
The long jump....
The 5k.....not quite....
Wrestling.....there was mixed company after all...we had to keep it civil
And all of the Olympic pentathlon participants were crowned with victory wreaths.
Then we did as the Greeks did best......we feasted. On the menu....(all homemade by the participants and their Moms by the way) spanikopita, moussaka, hummus, Greek salad dip.....
...and a little more baklava! A sweet ending to a sweet way of learning. Don't you want to be home schooled?