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Africa

Africa!

The children spent several weeks focusing on the large continent of Africa.  We always look closely at the beautiful Montessori continent maps but we also focused on sights and sounds of the continent.

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First up, we studied ancient Egypt.  The children made cat masks, colored various pages and some of the afternoon children made small pyramids.  We read many books and looked at models of artifacts one might find there.

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We also made African collars inspired by Kenya and Tanzania.

To present some of the sounds of Africa, we asked Lori from Drummunity to join us.  (Her website: http://www.drummunity.com/)

What a fabulous time!

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We looked at some batik materials and clothing.

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She brought out some of her African instruments.

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The music began!

First up was the Gyil.  This instrument has wooden slats and is over calabash gourds.  This instrument comes from Ghana, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast.  Here is a movie:

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We also saw and listened to many types of drums including the bougarabou and djembe.  africa movie1

The children loved to play! Click here to see:   africa movie 4

 

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Finally, we all sang the beautiful song:

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Funga Alafia
 -Western African Greeting Song

Funga alafia,
ah-shay ah-shay.

Funga alafia,
ah-shay ah-shay.

Ah-shay ah-shay.
Ah-shay, ah-shay.

With my heart I welcome you.
Ah-shay ah-shay.

With my mind I welcome you.
Ah-shay ah-shay.

With my voice I welcome you.
Ah-shay ah-shay.

Nothing up my sleeves, you see.
Ah-shay ah-shay.
Funga alafia,
ah-shay ah-shay.

Funga alafia,
ah-shay ah-shay.

Ah-shay ah-shay.
Ah-shay, ah-shay.