World Cultures through Art Activities

World Cultures through Art Activities

World Cultures through Art Activities

World Cultures through Art Activities

Excerpt

This book was written to enable those who work with students in an educational setting (primary teachers, art teachers, preschool and kindergarten teachers, and day care providers) to recreate aspects of a culture within the classroom so that students might better understand and appreciate other peoples It is essential that today's students receive a multicultural education as they will be the leaders of tomorrow's global community The more understanding they have of the many different peoples that make up our world, the better they will be able to handle the problems that our generation will leave them This book is intended as a supplement for the classroom social studies curriculum The activities described are most appropriate for elementary-age students, K-3, although preschool and post-primary students will find many of the activities enjoyable and worthwhile.

I wish to thank Jane Bellion, formerly headmistress of St. Andrews Episcopal School in Grand Prairie, Texas, for allowing me the freedom to design my own social studies curriculum and for not complaining too loudly about the messiness of our many creative works in progress.

I would also like to thank my students, too numerous to list by name, who tried many of the activities in this book and through their enthusiasm, encouraged me to develop more activities.

I wish to thank my mother, Martha Naugle, the teacher who originally inspired me, and my students' parents, who did not so much as raise an eyebrow at the many unusual requests that came home and willingly contributed items for classroom displays.

Finally, my deepest appreciation and love for my husband, Bill, and my daughters, Fritha and Jaala Over the years they have been remarkably tolerant of sharing me with the kids in my class and have provided many helpful ideas and enormous support.

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