Posts Tagged "Anthropology"

Making our own personal fetish stone

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Making our own personal fetish stone

We defined  “fetish” for the children as “an object that is special and belongs to you and no one else”.  They were shown river stones, and were invited to choose one that felt good in their hands, one that appealed to them.  They then selected a color to paint their stones.  The choices were wide-ranging: from pale lavender to forest green, to silver pink and gold.  They then thought about, and named an animal, plant, insect, or other symbol they particularly liked.  We helped them make a list of what was appealing to them about their choice before assisting them in...

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Assembling our own “Balinese Offerings”

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fortunately, Teacher Dustin recently returned from Bali with 100 hand-made woven grass “offering” baskets, made especially for this project!  He brought those, a bag of rice, and a lovely array of fresh flowers- so our project began!   He first explained the tradition and meaning behind these beautiful arrangements: the components of food (represented by the rice), color (provided by the flowers), and fragrance (provided by the incense).   Each child then chose their own basket into which they placed the rice, their chosen flowers, and a stick of fresh Sandlewood incense, also...

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Thinking About Anthropology

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thinking About Anthropology

Searching for the ideal way to introduce children to the knowledge and appreciation of peoples who lived (and live) honoring the Earth as a way of life. Montessori encouraged the appreciation of indigenous cultures through an examination of features, dress, housing and the like.  Without direct contact, of course, this approach is only available through photographs that are wonderfully rich but lacking in the hands-on involvement so important to a child’s enjoyment and learning.  Last summer we took the approach of looking at Creation Stories from different cultures and implementing the...

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World Map, World Cultures

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in GPMP | 0 comments

World Map, World Cultures

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