Today I want to share a personal note that isn't really related to children's literature. My son (age 10) participates in a creative problem solving and team building program called Destination Imagination. I'm the team manager, and we have a team of seven boys, ranging in age from 9 to 11.
Last Saturday was the regional tournament, and our team took second place in their category and will advance to the state tournament on April 22. I'm so proud of the boys and impressed with all the work that they put into their project. The project involved developing a story, creating sets, props and costumes, building a technical device that creates the illusion of bending one of the laws of motion, and performing the story within an 8 minute time limit. The kids have to do every part of this themselves; they can't have any help from adults or anyone not on the team. As team manager, my job is just to facilitate their progress; I can't do anything to help them or give them ideas. I'm just amazed with the things they came up with.
I wish the Kaleidoscope Homeschoolers' "Flaming Eggsplorers" the best of luck at the state tournament!