This past year has been filled with various peace promoting exercises from peace-building activities in the classrooms to making blankets and hats for those in need, to joining a worldwide peace art project. Sophia Lyman, our art teacher, began working with the Middle School students on a special project for the Global Art Project for Peace program.
This program pairs up schools from around the world to exchange gifts of peace each year so that there are many gifts of peace being sent to various locations all around the world.
The Middle School students and Mrs. Rita have been exploring strategies that would allow us to use the Spanish learned in class in different environments. To that end, two of the Middle Schoolers visited a Primary classroom, and gave beautiful lessons to small groups of children. Within their role as Spanish teachers, the girls wrote a lesson plan, and used their Spanish skills to support the younger students. The lessons consisted of working with flashcards and reinforcing the Primary students’ learned vocabulary by matching and/or reading.
The Middle school students not only achieved their goal of speaking Spanish successfully in a different environment, but also learned a lesson in leadership, responsibility, being role models, and building bridges within our Alcuin community. The language acquisition for the Primary students’ was also enhanced by their interaction with new people using the target language. It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved!
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