This is a far-reaching theme that never really ends at Summers-Knoll. Our curriculum is designed to be global as well as local, and good citizenship is a constant topic. At this time of overt focus, kindergartners have explored Africa, finding out about communities there that have reached out to help others (did you know that a village in Cameroon sent $3.77 in aid to Harlem during the Depression?) and worked innovatively to help themselves. 1st and 2nd graders have explored emigration and immigration, mapping their origins and playing endless games of entering another country, speaking a different language, helping each other through obstacles of understanding and custom. Food has figured large in this theme, with recipes from different cultures being cooked and sampled, accompanied by stories and discussions. Older kids are engaging with penpals from schools in other countries and comparing their lives with the lives of others while they dig into questions of social justice. Middle schoolers have followed the journeys of different items that have traveled the world as donations, recycling, or trash, and they have examined the implications of all these things. Meanwhile drum circles in music and discussion of current events in Languages have raised questions like “what makes a good leader?” and “what is my role?” A theme this rich leaves the children with questions that lead to more questions; an integral part of the process of education.
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