We celebrated “Literacy and Internationalism Week” at our school from October 28 to November 4, 2016. The event involved parents, teachers, and students in the learning process as a whole school community. As the youngest students in the whole school, our Early Years 1 students also participated in this event. This year, every class got different countries to represent. Our EY 1 class represented Mexico.
One important thing to start with to make the “Literacy and Internationalism Week” not just a regular event, was to show our own excitement about the event. This helped our three to four-year old students understand more about internationalism.
A week before the celebration of “Literacy and Internationalism Week”, we talked to the students about Mexico and the different things representing the country. Together with their parents, students made objects representing Mexico such as maracas, banderitas, pop-up cactus, small Mexican flags, and paper moustache. The students also brought from home Mexican items such as rosaries, guitar, and tortillas. The artifacts were displayed in front of our class door together with some other Mexican decorations that we made in class.
Surprisingly, our Mexican displays always caught the attention of our students and sparked their curiosity every time they entered the class. Right there and then, their learning was triggered and they became so interested to learn more about Mexico.
Throughout the week, the students were engaged with different activities exploring about Mexico. They enjoyed learning facts about Mexico, such as the flag of Mexico, Mexican clothes, animals and plants found in Mexico, and famous food from Mexico. They made Mexican flags, cut pictures of Mexican animals, food, and clothes, made maracas, completed puzzle of sombrero and Mexican flag, and tasted different food from Mexico and other countries.
Although the event is over, the students still remember the things they had done and learned about Mexico and keep talking about our “Literacy and Internationalism Week”. As a student-initiated action, one child created her own lyrics to the tune of “La Cucaracha”. Some children mentioned the Mexican creatures when they played with their toy animals. Others talked about outfits representing different countries when they saw pictures taken during the costume parade. The students also could remember the winners of some activities we had during the “Literacy and Internationalism Week”.
The activities we conducted during our “Literacy and Internationalism Week” nurtured the curiosity of our children and made them further explore various countries, becoming more open-minded towards different cultures in the world.
By: Geertruida Maya and Atika Priska Gunawan
Early Years 1 Teachers
BINUS SCHOOL Simprug