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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dy 82- Celebrating Our Kuumba

Pronounced koo-OOM-bah, the word is Swahili for creativity. Today we celebrated our creativity during our social studies time. Kuumba is one of the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa and I think my students liked getting to show theirs off!

After reading this story, we filled in a chart on how we can show the 7 Principles in our everyday life.

You'll see Kuumba as #6. We defined creativity as making beautiful things. At first my students wanted to define it as making beautiful pictures, but I pointed out that we can make more things than just pictures beautiful!

I showed them my earrings, which were made by Mrs. Godbout here at school, and my students were impressed with Mrs. Godbout's kuumba! If Mrs. Godbout can make beautiful jewelry, so can we! And we'll make it educational too!

We made necklaces for our Kwanzaa celebration tomorrow! In the Kwanzaa alphabet book we read yesterday,
the letter J was for jewelry. Celebrating Kwanzaa is a time to look your best, and we are going to look good tomorrow!
Not only are we going to be decorated with jewelry, we will be dressed in our finest. One of the ways the boy in the book celebrated was by wearing traditional African attire. Now, I don't have any to share with my students, but we will show off our kuumba again by creating our own!

Here is my example that I am going to show my students. I made it our of a paper grocery bag from Ingles.

The back and the front. It will look like a vest when it is on. I think the kids will have a good time decorating their Kwanzaa clothes!
The chart we made will go outside our room, along with our pictures that we made today.

I can't wait to see my students enjoy their Kwanzaa celebration!

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