I thought it would be more meaningful if the children discovered for themselves. To this end, I prepared four identical boxes full of "artifacts". Each table received a tissue box with the following items: a toy wheelbarrow, a compass, a match, a piece of silk, a tea bag, a piece of porcelain, a section of toilet paper, and a kite.
|Group discussion and decision making in action|
After about 5 minutes of discussion, I told the kids that I played a tiny bit of a trick. ALL of the items were actually developed by the same ancient peoples. We will be learning about Ancient China this month - their discoveries and innovations (this will be a good lead-in to next month's theme), what childhood looked like, foods and festivals, and as much as we can pack into the next couple weeks. As usual, the emphasis will be on hands-on activities as we play games, cook, and make crafts.
We will also be reading many chinese myths and stories. I read two yesterday, from this book: