This last Friday we celebrated our work in our Africa Bridge Reading Challenge. This is our Kid’s Team leading the celebration for us. Second graders raised $3,705.30 so far, and we still have donations coming in. Congratulations to you all! You have done amazing work to change the lives of our friends in Tanzania.
One of the things we have learned from our friends in Tanzania is that drumming and dancing is an important part of celebrating. Our artist in residence, Okaidja Afroso, taught us all about the art of drumming, dancing and singing. We had great fun with him all week!
Music and dance are an important part of play. We often take play for granted. In class we have been reading about the rights of children in a book called A Life Like Mine. It is published by UNICEF, which is a group that works to improve the lives of children around the world. We have learned that children have the following rights. The right to
- a home
- a healthy life
- an education
- time to play
Games are also an important part of play. We learned that our friends in Tanzania make their own soccer balls.
Mrs. Sinkonde, our instructional assistant, shared stories with us about the years she spent living in Zambia. She has an amazing story and we were grateful she shared it with us together with her husband, Mr. Sinkonde. Mr. Sinkonde also shared about some of the creative toys that children make.
Just today we read a great book called Galimoto where a boy makes a toy out of scraps he collects. This week we want to challenge ourselves to get creative and make our own toys. Here are some ideas we got from our friends:
- Make a soccer ball out of plastic bags, cloth and rope or string.
- Make a Mancala game with an egg carton and some small pebbles or corn kernals.
- Make a Galimoto out of materials you find at home.
Let’s build the bonds of friendship through play. Share your joy with others and let’s make the world a better place.