When we first discovered it, we were all equally excited. Aidan got several badges and Summer got one too. Over time though, the interest waned. So I thought of starting a diy club in our homeschool community to keep the interest alive. My goal was to foster friendships and community, while learning cool new skills as a group.
So I did it! After a preliminary month of meetings and endless amounts of group charts (as well as a cancelled initial meeting on account of a snowstorm),we finally had our first meet with the kids. It was at the beginning of December and a few of our families couldn't make it, so our group was small for the day but perfect.
The kids worked on the Club Member Badge. To earn a badge, each kid needs to fulfill three challenges within it. For this one I had chosen:
1. Decide on a club name.
2. Create a club flag.
3. Prepare food to share with the club.
Summer and Aidan chose to make cookies to bring to the club the morning of the meeting.
Our club meeting began with sledding, as we waited for everyone to arrive. It was over a good hour of outdoor fun. Coming in, we gathered to share in the food the kids had prepared for the day. It was a scrumptious feast!
After introductions, the kids began brainstorming name ideas. They discussed everyone's thoughts, voted when an agreement needed to be found, and tried to incorporate something in the name for everyone. They chose to be: the ETEW's - the Edmonton Tiger Eye Warriors.
Once the name was decided, the kids sketched out flag ideas and began working together on it.
The kids worked really well as a group and had a lot of fun. Once finished, they were very proud of their club flag!
It was a great start to what I hope will be a wonderful club. We will meet once a month, working on a new skill each time, as chosen by the hosting family.
Next up? In January it looks like the kids will work on the Magician badge.