November 11. Armistice Day, or now known as Veterans’ Day.
Don’t know what time the rain finally stopped last night. It was still raining when we went to bed.
It is just about 9:30 now. I have water on heating for bath. It has been another long, busy day. Before and after breakfast, I got the food items ready for today’s party/fun day. Then I got everything organized and set up for the games. Still had a little time to work on props after that.
Opened the door a little before 8:30 for the students to come in. A fun thing that they enjoy and that we do each fun day is guessing the number of items in a little container. The one closest to the correct number gets the contents of the container. Peninnah guessed the exact number today - 39 items. Several others were very close, but there was no tie.
While we were waiting for the rest of the students to come, I showed them the snow pictures in my winter file, which I had promised a couple weeks ago that I would show them. After everyone arrived, we did our first game - a Bible quiz game. Those who gave correct answers got to choose a felt square with a Bible book on the back. The next time one of their team members answered correctly, they could choose from another set of squares to see if they could get a match. A match was good for 1,000 points.
The second game was an active game - draw a nose for Noselsss Norton, blindfolded, of course. Peninnah won that one and got to take Noseless Norton home, except he was no longer noseless. He now has 12 noses on various parts of his face and a couple of them off to the side.
Our next game had geography and science questions. With a correct answer, they got to draw a card with the name of a country and three choices for the population of the country. A correct guess gave their team 1,000 points. If they could find the country on the map, they would get an extra 500 points; but nobody got extra points.
The next active game was a tower race. Two towers of tumbling tower blocks were built on one table. Team members had to take turns taking one block at a time to a bench on the opposite side of the room and rebuild the tower. We played that one twice, and each team won once.
Next was a math game. A correct answer to a math question gave them the opportunity to choose one from a set of circles which were face down on the table. A “sorry” card gave them 100 points, but a treasure chest gave them 1,000 points.
After that, they played flying saucers - sailing paper plates from a set mark into a box. It’s not as easy as it looks. I don’t remember who won that, but I think it was Dallas.
For the English game, I asked them questions which they had to answer with a complete sentence, and it had to be true. They could not say “I don’t know.” With a correct answer, they could choose two circles from the two groups that were face down on the table. One set of circles had scores of either 100 or 10, or -100 or -10. The other group had team numbers (1 or 2) or the word choose. Points went to whatever team’s number was on the second circle they drew. With “choose,” however, they could decide whether to give the points to the other team or keep them themselves. They really had trouble with this question: What color is a brown dog?
The last game was Socky-Locky ball game. In that game, they had four socks rolled into balls. From a given line, they had to toss those into a pair of shoes a short distance away. I think Mike and Steve tied for that one.
At the end, we rearranged their names from highest number of points to lowest. Thania and Sosthenes tied for first place.
Then Peninnah and Esau set the table for lunch since we were celebrating their birthdays. We sang “Happy Birthday” to them, and Sosthenes prayed. While they were eating, Daddy and I had our lunch. Then I gave Peninnah and Esau their birthday gifts and took their pictures, and let everyone choose their game prizes and gave them their gifts and report cards. We also gave them each a little foam airplane to put together and let them each choose a balloon from the ones hanging up. Then we took group pictures before they went home.
A nice long nap was welcome. Then Daddy helped me cover with blue plastic the wall where the scenery will be for the program. Also cut a piece of blue plastic to put up later for the flood waters.
Then it was time to warm up supper and eat. When supper was finished, I punched two holes in Apekio’s soul-winning lessons so she could put them into her new notebook. Got all the game things from today put away. Then cut Velcro pieces and stuck them on a number of props which will need to be put up later in the program.
People came for Bible school so Daddy was busy out there for the first part of the evening.
There were LOTS and LOTS of dishes, but I did not do them all. I left most of the party dishes for tomorrow.
After Bible school students left, I got Velcro pieces stuck onto the blue plastic in the meeting room. Then I started writing in my journal, but stopped to take a bath. When bath was done, Daddy and I prayed, and he went to bed. It is now 10:45, and I need to get to bed too.
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14