This month, our subject was Hawaii! The kids covered everything from foundations of island formation, and the active volcanoes of Hawaii, to the flora and native fauna, historical political figures, and even folklore!
Each month, we choose a country or region to study, and the kids create a presentation and visual aide to present to the group. Along with their projects, we cook food specific to the place we’re studying, which has lent itself to the exploration of a ton of great tasting opportunities.
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The kids chose Australia as the subject of the social studies club this month. Topics can include pretty much anything, from current events in that country, to history, agriculture, wildlife, art, local flair, tourism – anything the students want the focus of their project and presentation to be on.
As always, a huge part of this meeting is the food! We encourage each family to prepare a dish from that country to share. Since Australia’s mother country is England, we had some favorites that were both familiar and country-appropriate.
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Every month, our group hosts a social studies club, focused on a single country or region. For the month of December, our country of focus was Japan. The kids all do a project of their choice. I love this format, because it means that all the kids can participate; it’s not limited to any grade level or ability. They also get to choose whatever area of study they want to work in, so the projects can be whatever strikes their fancy, from history, to current events, culture, politics, daily life – whatever they’re interested in.
In addition to their project and presentation, we also bring food from that culture. Today, we had several really great recipes, including: rice bowls with chicken breast and bell peppers in oyster sauce, rice noodles with spring veggies, nama chocolate maccha, and sunomono (cucumber salad). Yum!