Posts Tagged ‘World Wednesday’


Traveling the Globe in the Storytime Room

by Mari Redington on August 15th, 2019

We traveled to South Korea when we read this book by Chloe Perkins.

Summer Reading 2019 is winding down this week as we give away our final prizes and draw Grand Prize winners.

Children’s programming slows way down during this time of year, but that isn’t the case for June, July and the first half of August! Summer can be a hectic time in the Children’s Room especially, so often there’s no time until it’s all over to reflect on some of the cool programs and projects kids had the opportunity to participate in over the weeks. That’s why I’m taking the time to share some of the information and and activities we shared in the Storytime Room for World Wednesdays.

Every Wednesday during our Summer Reading Program, for one hour, kids were able to learn something new about a different country around the world through books, documentaries, dances, crafts and even trying out a recipe. I hope you enjoy these images of our worldly adventures. I wasn’t able to take photos the week we made mini tres leches cakes, but you wouldn’t be able to judge their deliciousness from a photo anyway.

We kicked off our summer with an Irish Dance performance and lesson from the students at the Champagne Academy of Irish Dance. Trea does a great job teaching jigs to any age or skill level!

Click on this image to see a gif of the dance lesson!

This week the kids learned all about different Adinkra symbols from West Ghana.

Using stamps and stencils they created their own Adinkra cloth that describes them.

We learned all about Diwali with this book by Hannah Eliot. We also had a guest named Tanya who celebrated Diwali in India as a child to answer all of our questions.

The La Petite Day Camp came every week, here they are showing off their finished Rangoli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We learned about the origin of the Dragon in Chinese culture by reading Legend of the Chinese Dragon by Marie Seller.

The dragon in Chinese culture has special powers over water elements, so the kids relaxed as we watercolored dragons and listened to traditional Chinese music.

We learned all about the art of Moroccan Zellige by watching a few short documentaries. One of the videos showed the process of creating Moroccan tile work from start to finish.

 

Kids were able to use Moroccan stencils to create and elaborate designs on a matte bathroom tile and use acrylic paint pens and sharpies to color in.

Using origami paper, we learned how to make and play the Korean game Ddakji.

Next we learned about the rich history of mosaic in Ancient Greece to modern day. I made a powerpoint with a brief history and lots of gorgeous pictures for us to be inspired by.

This activity was a little challenging for the younger kids, but the older kids really embraced the challenge.

We traveled to Mexico to learn how how pom poms have become a symbol of good luck!

To the Huichol Nation, pom poms signify “the way.” These bursts of color are a reiteration of roses in full bloom as to Huicholes, their path is always filled with roses.

For our last World Wednesday, we read a nonfiction book about the traditional holidays of Sweden and made our own custom Dala Horses.

We also watched a short documentary about the production of these handmade symbols of Sweden. Some people even made their craft look traditional!