Today was appraisal day and we had a wonderful crew of appraisers come and spend time with each of the villagers. Each peep prepared his or her property to show off and everyone wrote a real estate description (complete with creative euphemisms) to highlight each house's unique features. It's a great chance for students to get practice presenting their work to less familiar adults. It's always a revelation to listen to students explain the decisions they made for their houses. Everything from the paint color to the placement of the furniture has a reason that is often invisible to us as adults until we take the time to ask.
Tomorrow night, the financial worksheet will come home with your child's three appraisals, business appraisal (if requested), bank balance and debts. Working together on the worksheet is a great opportunity to have a discussion about budgets and finances. Having just "lived" it, your child may have questions about loans, buying vs. renting, credit and interest. These are crucial conversations to have regularly as your child gains responsibility. It's also a great opportunity to help children put the financial piece of the game into context - what other parts of their work in Village had value? Did they build a great house? Have a job they liked? Start a business? Take classes? Work with the government? A dollar (or acorn) amount is very concrete. Students need our help to reflect about their village work more holistically.
But enough about that – tomorrow is mini fair and we have been very, very hard at work getting ready. This afternoon, students skittered around building up inventory and making billboards for their businesses. Some faced the harsh reality of cash flow woes as they struggled with how they would pay for customs before they had sold things at mini fair.
Here is a partial list of what you can enjoy: a soccer match, a petting zoo, the "Spring Peeper" newspaper, tram rides, jello wrestling, Hawaiian ices, homemade rootbeer, homemade lollies, a peep ballista, Renaissance faire, first ever peep pressurized drinking fountain, flubber zone, a ball pit, a trampoline, fishing at the lake (assuming that the duct tape holds in the lake liner!), a roller coaster, a ferris wheel (with lights), enough books to line your peep sized book shelves, umbrellas, working sketch sets, the return of Peepsi, and much, much more. 25 acorns to the U.S. dollar. Be sure to check out houses and chat with peeps while you're there, too. Making an insta-peep will enable your peep to have a lot more fun.
Many thanks to all of our appraiser volunteers, our Peep University professors, workshop helpers and everyone who came in to lend a hand. It truly takes a village. Special thanks to Marianne Moser (who cut all of our wood!), Josie Rawson (who guided the newspaper), and Stephen Mohring (who guided the transportation committee) for their support of the game.