Kindergarten students who work with Miss Donathan are currently engaged in a unit called "Around the World." Each week, the students travel to different countries to learn about the art and other customs that come from those countries! To keep track of the countries they visit, students are keeping a Calliope Passport. For each country visited, the students write down the name of the country and do their very best to draw the country's flag.
So far, the students have learned about four different countries! First, they visited England and used different shapes and colors to create their own version of London Bridge. Next, they visited China and learned all about the Chinese New Year. Students created dragon puppets and made their dragons dance to Chinese music. After visiting China, the students traveled down under to the country of Australia and learned about dot paintings - a special kind of art made by the Aboriginal people there. This special kind of painting is made up entirely of small dots, and the students did an amazing job painting some famous Australian animals! This week, students are visiting the country of Mexico! Some students made their own maracas, while others used their knowledge of patterns to color beautiful Mexican mandala designs.
The Kindergarten students have three more stops to make. They will be visiting South Africa, Egypt, and Ireland before the unit ends! They cannot wait to learn more about the people, places, and art that can be found around the world.