with Kim Rodgers
What a joy this group is!
We began by talking about what we are going to do in the class, learning more about ancient cultures through projects, maps, and stories, while using writing to play games. I emphasized that each child might feel comfortable writing one letter, while another child feels comfortable writing sentences, while another child might feel more comfortable drawing what they are trying to convey. All are encouraged, while worrying about spelling everything correctly is not something to get caught up on. It tends to stop the flow of thoughts. We talked about how they could ask me for help, but that they also have each other to learn from. Everyone needs help at some point, and those that rise to the occasion and help a classmate actually learn more in the end.
With that being said, we began a game called “Three Truths and a Lie.” I wrote down four things about myself on one paper and drew four pictures of the same things on another paper. After going over them I told the students to choose how they would like to convey their own four things, remembering that one of them is to be a lie. When the students finished, we came together and shared them, each student reading their lists or showing their pictures. It was great fun to guess which one was the lie!
We moved into talking about Ancient Mesopotamia by finding where it was on the globe and talking about the climate. How would the climate affect how they lived their lives? The students began working on a map that we’ll slowly finish over our time studying this culture. Next week we’ll build a traditional home for the area as well as read “Gilgamesh,” one of the oldest fairy tales from that region.
See you next week!