Sunday, January 13, 2013

First Grade Class Explores Japanese Culture

One of the joys of teaching in today's world is the opportunity to work with children from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.  One of our first grade classes took advantage of that opportunity during E-Time this past Friday as they explored the cultural heritage of one of their classmates.  Rikita was so excited as he shared with his friends the language, traditions, games, and art of his native land.

 Rikita's classmates were excited as well.  With Rikita's help they learned how to write their names in Japanese!  They also made  Japanese lanterns and even had the opportunity to play Japanese chess!  According to Rikita, we adopted the game of chess from the Japanese.  Wow!  I had never heard that before. 

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