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2nd Grade gets a visitor from Kenya
This year the second grade classes are focusing their global studies on the continent of Africa. Monica Akinyi Aran from Kibera, Kenya visited with the second grade classes at Union Elementary School. Ms. Aran runs a feeding center and orphanage in Kibera, Kenya. Cindy Baucom, the founder of Bringing Miracles, Inc. sponsored Ms. Aran’s trip to the United States.
Ms. Aran showed the students a video which featured the streets of Kibera, the orphanage, a classroom, the cooking area of the orphanage, and her home. The students learned that children from the age of two to twelve live at the orphanage and attend class in a one room school. The students and teachers there speak English and Swahili. The students were surprised to learn that several classes meet in one small room where the children sit on benches and work on a blackboard.
Ms. Aran taught the students a song and dance then a greeting and response in Swahili. The students asked questions to learn more about Kibera. Mrs. Goodman recorded Ms. Aran’s responses in a venn diagram on the promethean board and the students thought of their lives in the United States and recorded a comparison. For example, in Kibera most people walk and the students recorded that in the United States most people travel by car. The students realized that this area of Africa is very different from our home.
Written by: Belinda Goodman, 2nd Grade Teacher
Posted: Oct 26, 2012 by Jennifer Williams