Just trying to keep track of all the things that are happening at the school.
CLA had an amazing Thanksgiving celebration on November 20th, 2015. Each class had prepared songs and acts in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Our parents brought delicious food for the Thanksgiving feast after, and everybody enjoyed watching the kids joyfully participate.
We are grateful to all our parents, students, and staff for their amazing efforts inside and outside the classroom. We cannot wait for the next Thanksgiving potluck, next year.
Stay tuned for our "End of the year" celebration. Parents, please join us on December 15th for the last party of the year.
On November 14, 2015, CLA organized a Volunteer Day event for parents and their friends. We want to specially thank New York Life Personnel, teachers and parents for graciously coming down to our school and helping us. In total, we had 20 adult and 10 kid volunteers.
From carpentry work and heavy weight lifting, to building a vegetable garden, and helping with our yard, our parents joyfully participated from one activity to another. We had a full list of tasks we wanted to accomplish, and all we had were a few hours to check things off our list
You can see their hard work in the photos!
RESULT? An organic vegetable garden in the backyard cleared, partitioned and prepared with soil, and planted with corn, beans, lettuce, broccoli, etc. Dozens of books were sorted, cubbies and cabinets mounted, walls painted, and benches upholstered.
The kids helped with the work and also helped keep us busy! We had some light refreshments, and an overall productive day. Special thanks to the family who returned in the afternoon and next day to finish up what was left. We are fortunate to have an amazing network of support! Thank you, again!
With the onset of September, we headed into the school year with a new approach. We wanted to establish a more cohesive academic system.
Our teachers worked on identifying elements to implement in their respective classrooms. Even though we focus greatly on global cultures, we wanted to tie in subjects such as Values, Geography, Life Sciences, Stories & Poems, along with Music, Art, and Heroes to the cultural theme of the month. For our first semester of this academic year we studied about Australia.
Value of the month - Peace
Our curriculum is designed in a way that, each month our students learn something that is meaningful, and can help them realize and respect the dignity of each living being. In September, we talked about Peace.
We discussed about peace with oneself, peace with society, and peace with family. We did various exercises to practice how we can be in peace with everything in our surrounding. One of the activities included picking up leaves. So simple! Picking up leaves depicted creating peace with our surrounding. It was a lesson to teach children to not litter, and if they see someone else litter to pick it up and keep their surroundings clean. Another major learning was to respect others and themselves. When one respects oneself, they are at peace with their self. It was a great exercise.
Every morning students read the "Victory over Violence" pledge for kids, which includes the following points:
1. I will respect myself
2. I will respect all life
3. I will talk and listen to people in my life
4. I will be the best me I can be
Learn about the Pledge here, and renew your Pledge, too.
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. We introduced concepts like Island and continent. We also talked about Mesa (Portuguese and Spanish for table), which is the American English term for tableland, an elevated area of land with a flat top and sides that are usually steep cliffs. It takes its name from its characteristic table-top shape. Ayers Rock or Uluru (see the image) is an example of Mesa. It is a large sandstone rock formation, which changes color at different time of the day and year, most notably when it glows red at dawn and sunset.
It is fascinating to teach Life Sciences, because it opens the student's world to new living beings they didn't know existed. We talked about Kookaburra bird (See the image). Kookaburra birds are terrestrial tree Kingfishers that are native to Australia. Their loud call sounds like echoing human laughter.
We learned about Australian Marsupials, which is an umbrella term for mammals with a distinct features of carrying their young ones in a pouch, such as Kangaroos, Possums, Koalas, and Wallabies, to name a few.
We also did some hands on work, of dissecting leaves and exploring butterfly garden!
Heroes and Stories
Vincent Lingiari was an aboriginal rights activist. Aboriginal is the word used in Australia to describe its indigenous peoples. During colonial rule, working conditions were extremely poor and wages were very low for indigenous people. Lingiari fought for his people’s rights – to the custodianship and ownership of their land and the capacity to practice their law, culture and language – which made him a national figure.
Mahatama Gandhi, although not an Australian, was still discussed, because his birthday came in the middle of our academic month, and we decided to teach students about him. Gandhi was a non-violent activist who fought the colonial rule in India, and urged his followers to peacefully protest for the freedom of the country and its people. He also led Salt march to produce salt from sea water to protest the inflated salt prices which were raised by the Colonizers and made unaffordable for an average income group of people. This image is of Gandhi picking salt grains after the Salt March.
Music and Art
We won't be Creative Learning Academy without our two secret ingredients - Music and Art.
For Music, we introduced "Peace is the world smiling" to tie in with our Value of the month - Peace. We also learned "From Little things, big things grow" - a song written in honor of Lingiari. Inanay is an indigenous song from Australia that our kids learned. It is very easy, the link is below and sing along! And lastly we did the "Kookaburra" song, as well.
For Art, we did Aussie arts, including Aboriginal art. See the image. We also drew animals, plants and human head.
We had A GREAT MONTH! Our students had fun learning through different mediums about Australia.
October blog post coming soon!
If you haven't heard of Irvine Global Village Festival (IVGF), it is an annual event that takes place that celebrates and showcases different world cultures.
For Creative Learning Academy (CLA), IGVF seemed like the perfect avenue to showcase our students and their multi-cultural knowledge.
On the afternoon of September 26th, as we all gathered in the arena, we saw the excitement among the students. They interacted with the audience, handing them flyers and flags and striking conversation without hesitation.
Our students had prepared 11 different songs in 9 different languages ranging from Hindi, Vietnamese, Filipino, to Hawaiian. With each song, their confidence rose, and we could see them singing and performing vibrantly. Students not only enjoyed performing for the audience, but they were elated to see each other outside the school campus.
When asked what their favorite part of the performance was, the students responded enthusiastically that they enjoyed dancing on Kashmir Tu, O Kalakawa and Waving Flag.
They felt motivated as the audience encouraged them during the performance.
One of the most important learning at CLA is understanding the place of oneself in their community. When asked who were the best performers, a student responded, "WE were!". Our students understand that working together reaps better results.
Our students are already planning for the next year's IGVF. Our Verdict? Success!
In Week 6, we learned about the United States of America. Because this culture is very near, dear and familiar to everybody, it was suprisingly NOT easy to present!
Our history lesson was centered around the theme of freedom and equality. We talked about the Suffragettes, the members of Women's organizations in the late 19th and early 20th century, who played an instrumental role in demanding every woman's right to vote. Despite the hardships faced by these women, their determination and courage for standing up for equality changed the future of the women in the US.
Students also learned about the Civil Rights Movement, the discrimination people faced due to race and skin color, and the role Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played in achieving equality for all.
Even though we talked about war and injustice, in that same moment we discussed that what makes the US a great country is the people's response and desire for justice. We talked about how we all work to make our country better by saying "NO" to things that we feel are not right. We speak out against war, as in the case of the Vietnam war.
We ended our week on a high note enjoying some wonderful American music and dance. Watch Fred Astaire puttin' on the ritz for a sample! If you ever sing this song in front of our kids, you will just see them hopping and dancing around!
We had a very exciting Week 6! We learned a lot, and most importantly, we learned to take pride in the country we live in, and respect the courage of everybody who stands up for what is right.
Come back next week for more!
In our Week 5, we learned about Philippines. Students learned to count to 10 in Tagalog, Philippine’s official language. They were taught about two different folk dances, namely, Paddango sa Ilaw and Tinikling.
Tinikling, is a traditional Philippine dance that originated during the Spanish Colonial era. This form of dance involves two people beating, tapping and sliding bamboo poles on the ground, while other dancers step over and in between the poles. Our rendition of this dance form involved pool noodles instead of bamboo sticks, and our students took turns holding the noodle poles and dancing around them.
Did you know that Philippines use Pineapple to make textile-based products, like clothing, bags, scarves, etc.? Our student’s didn’t know either, until this past week. They were taught about the resourcefulness of Filipinos and how even through this example, they used whatever resources they had to make other things.
While exploring the Filipino culture, we talked about “Jeepney”. When American troops were leaving Philippines after the World War II, they sold or left hundreds of Jeeps, which were later modified by the Filipino people and became the most important means of transportation in the Philippines. Here is what how our students collectively drew it.
Lastly, the essence of our World Culture Camp lies in teaching through Music. In this section, our children learned songs called Bahay Kubo and Sampung Mga Daliri. Through Bahay Kubo, children learned about different vegetable names by singing along and recognizing the images. Sampung Mga Daliri is about different facial features. Here are the videos we learned from!
We had a very fruitful Week 5 and we learned a lot about Philippines. We are excited to know what Week 6 has in store. Come back next week for an update!
Also, drop us some comments so we know that you learned something too!
In our Artwork section, students were told to draw the flag of Portugal and they collectively worked on the cave drawing.
Here is a glimpse of their Artwork:
They also learned to count to 10 in Portuguese and learned a few phrases and words through a kids’ song called “O balão do João”. We looked into famous sports figures, and learned about Christiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer legend.
We also watched Portuguese cartoons, as a way to interpret the meaning without knowing the language. Here is what we watched:
Our Week 4 of the World Culture Camp was very enjoyable. All of our students participated and learned about yet another country. We will commence week 5 on Monday, July 27th.
Our perfect pupils practiced on paper frequently, finding the form and figure! After considerable concentration they tried a tablet!
Here are: fox by Rithika, tan horse by Lilly, brown horse by Tarini, and pink kangaroo by Harshini!
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