Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Tour Around the World

For eight weeks, three times a year, several of our Goodrich students participate in the various after school programs we offer.  For the past two months, 12 of our first and second grade students were able to go on a tour around the world.  On this tour we aimed to learn about 5 different languages, the countries they come from, and the cultures we would find there.  With so many languages to choose from, we selected five of the most spoken on our planet; Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindi.

Our first step in our world tour process was to get our passports.  These books would hold our stamps, vocabulary, and all of the things we learned along the way.  We visited each country for 3-4 days.  Our first goal with each language was to learn some basic vocabulary: our numbers, colors, and some basic phrases to help us get by.  

Making Play-Doh pretzels
Ojo de Dios
Once we had some new words we were able to learn about the cultures. In India we learned about the many styles of clothing and the artwork of henna. In China we saw acrobats and traveled the Great Wall.  We even had the opportunity to make pretzels in Germany!  Part of our journeys always included a craft of some sort, such as the Ojos de Dios we made while in Mexico.  We also made sure to take a postcard photo at some of the big landmarks--the Eiffel Tower in Paris was a class favorite!
A postcard from Paris!
Doing a dab at the Taj Mahal
Writing in our best Chinese calligraphy
Today was our last day together as a tour group. While we were sad to say farewell, we enjoyed a celebration of our learning. We took some final postcard photos, revisited some our favorite activities, and used as many of the new words we learned as possible.  What a whirlwind tour we had, but we are so much more knowledgeable now because of it!

A big THANK YOU to the World Cultures Club!  Gracias!  Merci!  Danke! ! धन्यवाद!

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