The Cape Home Educators (CHE) organisation had a Children’s Market today. Homeschooled kids get an opportunity to practise some business skills by selling food, home made things, books or running stalls of face-painting, games etc. The kids sell, market and buy. Moms and dads are there to supervise and help. The market day was held at Lisa’s home in Constantia – a lovely home with a huge grassy area for the market to take place and another paddock for the kids to have pony rides. Boerrie rolls, chips, pancakes, fudge, sweets, juice and sodas made up the junk food component, with grapes and organic eggs and produce making up the healthier portion.
We arrived in time to have a pony ride (well, horse and pony). The kids got a bean “ticket” in exchange for their R5 coin. Lisa’s kids also did Playball last year, so I remembered her when we bought the pony tickets. Then we bumped into the Tubmans with Meryl (we’d invited all our non-homeschooling friends also via email, so it was good to see some of them that day). We also met up with another couple from St James, Nikki and Dylan and their kids, plus some old friends, so it was good to recognise more people than we thought we would.
The girls had some pocket money to spend … and spent it all! We’re still sorting out a good pocket money system for them. The plan was to start in Feb. I got as far as having R5 coins for them, but then wasn’t really decided about how much they should get; if Kiera should have more money and more control over it than Katie; how much they should tithe, save etc. So if anyone has some good ideas for me, pass ‘em on, please! (click on * comments at the top of this post to take you to place you can leave your ideas!)
They bought clip-on earrings, went fishing and got a prize of a sweetie, had their faces painted and bought another sweet/juice and chips. Sam watched from his backpack – played with a ball that Kiera bought for him, devoured a Ceres juice and then whined to go home! So, we ended up leaving around 12pm in time for a yummy lunch at home. Kiera decided that we should eat outside and it was a great idea. So we sat under our tree and enjoyed the breeze and sunshine. An idyllic afternoon.
Clip-on earring girls…
African face painting (this mommy ended up doing our girls’ faces, cos her daughter had gone to spend her money!)
Some kids did a vaulting show (gymnastic-type balancing tricks on the back of a horse) – this is the audience. We missed it cos we were on our way home, but I managed to click-a-pic of the kids who were watching.
Some of the stalls and the races (the coloured cones marked the races).
Some more stalls and families. Most people by now were watching the vaulting show.
Home for a light lunch
And, Nikita, our sun-loving, people-loving, fun-loving kitty.