In light of the upcoming Thanksgiving and the stories that surround that holiday, Teacher Emily has introduced the Native American Culture. She has brought in pictures, drawings, books and stories facilitating a lot of interest for the children. They are drawing conclusions. and finding similiarties between the history and practices of Native Americans and Native Hawaiians through investigation and inquiry.
I have to say here that we love teacher Emily, she is full of excitement, energy and love for learning. Her enthusiam sparks her students innate creativity and intelligence. She is amazing at setting up the source of investigation and then allowing the children to follow their natural curiosity to the end via a natural and unhurried flow.
The students investigated the daily living routines of each culture, re-enacting through dramatic play what it might have felt like to live without electricity and the conveniences of the modern world. What the people may have used for shelter, making food. They were able to find the commonalities of all human cultures: the basic needs for food, water, and shelter.
They are enjoying being introduced to the techniques that some native cultures used in making their crafts. Making the coil pots were particularly satisfying for them. We will continue into further inquiry into the Native Hawaiian Culture this Tuesday when we explore Tapa cloth, Hawaiian Language and Instruments.