In Lafayette’s art studio classroom we are not only learning about the elements, principles and media of the visual arts, but are using the arts to gain a greater understanding, depth and richness of language arts, math, science and social studies curricula. Using the arts to teach, creates learning that is internalized and understood by children with all learning styles and on multiple levels. By educating students through the visual arts and traditional academic content simultaneously, I help inspire and nurture the truly creative thinkers needed for this new millennium.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Celebrating the ARTS Keeps Native American Traditions ALIVE

Those words are embraced when our 4th graders take over the cafeteria later this week for our annual Native American Powwow. 
Picture a grand entrance where students carry flags that represent the characteristics of their class, and wear regalia that reflects their heritage and personality, then share music, drumming, dancing, poetry, and fables. That's Lafayette's Native American Powwow!

 Families also enjoy a museum of life story skins, family totems, animal spirit masks, and kachinas that teach our school rule of "BE KIND." In true arts integration style, students demonstrate the tradition of Lacrosse in a video made in P.E. for our special day. Finally, there is a chance to experience sand painting, make a "talking feather," add to their regalia with a beaded bracelet, or try a museum scavenger hunt. So many ways to celebrate Native American culture through the ARTS!

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