Day: December 22, 2011

How The Raven Stole The Sun: In 30 Minutes with 30 Kids!

For reasons unbeknownst to me and my fellow teaching artists at The School, the director decided to add a “multicultural focus” to the curriculum this year.  She chose four different “countries” (presumably at random) and asked us to incorporate each of these “countries” into our lesson plans. I’m putting the word “countries” in quotes because initially, The School’s director had chosen Alaska as one of the four.  When her assistant informed her that Alaska is not a country but a state, they put their heads together and decided upon the Inuit Nation instead. (Because, yeah, that makes sense—let’s try to get a bunch of preschoolers to understand one of the most highly contested “nations” of the northern hemisphere.) Nonetheless, I was pretty excited about the multicultural focus at first.  We spent the fall talking about Diwali, yoga and all things India and I’ve already begun collection resources for South Africa (which we’ll tie into the Black History Month concert) and Greece (which will result in some sort of Olympic-inspired graduation ceremony at the end of …