A Titanic Dinner ~ For Labor Day we decided to have a special dinner in remembrance of all of the third class passengers on the Titanic. I used the book, Last Dinner on the Titanic, to put together a third class menu. I must say, they ate fancier than we do most days. The kids looked through all of our books about the Titanic tragedy and followed their own interests. Little Red Riding Hood liked the fact book, 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions about the Titanic. Tom Sawyer was more interested in books about the discovery of the Titanic and what it looks like now. Goldilocks liked reading the Magic Tree House story about the Titanic. All of the kids helped make dinner. We worked on learning how to braise meat, make broth soup, make Italian Ice in the ice cream maker and bake homemade bread. Tom Sawyer concentrated on setting the table. He loves deciding on place settings and where each guest will sit. We found a website on the Internet that listed the passengers in third class, a bit about them and whether they survived or not. We found people close to our ages who had survived and made index cards for each place setting. Then everyone assumed their character for the dinner. It was hard to find surviving men from third class. My adult son got to be one of the few men who managed to swim and pull himself up onto an overturned lifeboat. We have now made a third class dinner and a second class dinner from this book. You can see our second class Titanic dinner here. I doubt that we will ever make a typical first class dinner served aboard the Titanic. There is way too much alcohol used, and it would take one person days to make all of the dishes. Our Titanic dinner taught the kids home economics, history, research skills, theater skills and math.
The Rest ~ This week was more social than most for our family. In addition to the fair, we attended a birthday party, gymnastics, dance classes and went to our local special needs family support meeting. The kids really are enjoying the monthly family support meeting. All the families eat dinner together and then break up into smaller groups. There is a sibling group for the "normal" kids where they can share their feelings (if they wish) about their special siblings and have a great time playing. The other two kids went to the youth group where they talked about their feelings, did "about me" pages, and played board games. We parents went to an adult support group meeting. Everyone enjoyed themselves.