Our first student showcase this year. We worked on a "History Pockets" project on explorers of North America. Didn't finish, as it included people way ahead in our chronological history study. And, I didn't want to try to jam anyone in and not give any explorer enough attention. We also added a few other explorers we wanted to study.
Everyone really enjoyed the showcase. I was pleasantly surprised that there were not more "parent-driven" projects. It was clear the kids had done the work.
The showcase also helped me see the value in being part of the hs group. I had been considering quitting as there are several things that annoy me. The adherence to the school calendar, for one. A "back to school party" in the fall - for kids who don't go to school! The nearly useless meetings. But, now I see there are good things too. So we will persevere.