Our preschool is doing an Around the World themed unit. Each class is learning about a different country. We will all perform something related to our country and teach each other’s classes about our countries. Our class was assigned America.
This week, we have been learning about the map (where in the world are America AND Myanmar), the flags, American monuments and the American landscape.
My kids LOVE it. One girl said she is “from America now, near where Teacher Katia live.” She claims her name is Washington and she “only knows a little Myanmar.” (She said this on the way to her Myanmar class. She’s from here and fluent as any 5-year-old can be). Another kid thinks it’s fun to call Washington DC “washing machine.”
For our weekly art project, we did an American flag craft. I cut white paper in half and blue paper in 8ths. First they had to glue the blue to the white and then write their names on the back (once we have established which side will be the back, but before the front is wet with paint). Then we used Qtips to make white dots for the stars and red dots or stripes to be the stripes. They concentrated very hard! It was impressive. I kept our small American flag out and my example out so their flags might hopefully resemble the real deal.
The principal of our preschool also has several mini-models from America so we have added some matching work to our Montessori shelves. The kids really enjoy feeling the little models and looking at the foreign pictures. They really seem to like learning about another culture!