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Of Boomerangs, Kangaroos & Maori jewellery boxes!

posted 26 Mar 2012, 07:54 by Webmaster Alqamar   [ updated 26 Mar 2012, 07:54 ]
A cool culmination to the continent work was provided by Sr. Elementary teacher, Umm Waseem who brought in artifacts from Australia – a beautiful boomerang with wooden ...inlay work, a lovely carved boat with “the eye”, an exquisite Paua shell, and an intricate Maori jewellery box to help the children get a flavour of Maori culture in Australia. She also showed pictures of the traditional Maori dance being performed. Having lived in Australia for some time, the teacher detailed out the craft behind each piece. “The Paua shell has iridescent colours and is used to make jewellery. The boomerang is used to hunt. It flies in an elliptical curve and returns if it didn’t get any animal” she explained.
Obviously Montessori children did not miss out as Umm Waseem made a presentation to them also. The children were really excited to see and touch each item. It made their work on the Australian continent come alive too.
The continent work for the Sr. Elementary children started with learning the names of countries in each continent. The children then split into teams to write reports on the climate, habitat, animals and crops of each continent. They finally had to make group presentations about their continent. As is usual at Al Qamar, the teachers also learned from the kids!

Kids with artifacts