I was so lucky to have come across this amazing company at EdExpo 2015. Immediately I was impressed with Art In History's dedication to integrating the arts into the classroom.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to choose a product and explore it with my children. Not only does A.I.H. have countless hands-on-activities, but the easy-to-follow directions, simple tools and thorough background (history), make these projects something that will be memorable for a lifetime.
We chose to do Bantu Migration - African Kuba Masks. We began by learning about Bantu Migration, what Bantu means, what masks represent in African cultures, what various shapes and symbols mean on the mask and why they are used. This was ALL included in the kit and my 5 and 6 year olds absolutely loved learning about this!
Under no circumstance was any of this "beyond" my kindergartners or too difficult. You really can make each kit, fit your particular classroom age and needs.
We did this project over a week and every child can now teach someone else about Bantu Migration and these beautiful masks. Some students designed with the more traditional triangles, some placed tears on the mask to represent a funeral, some just had fun with their own, unique design. Whatever they chose, my students now have something in their home that they will probably keep forever and each time they look at it, they will remember what they learned and how much fun they had while learning!
Can you ask for anything more?
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We have been using the first set of word cards and the first book, "Skunk."
Below, you will see my kids in action, but for now, here is a bit directly from The Reading Game website:
"The first book inThe Reading Gamelearn-to-read series tells the story of a skunk without a stripe who is rejected by the other skunks but finds acceptance among some cats and becomes their defender. It’s told in rhyme, is beautifully illustrated, and is 32 pages long. It will be the first book the student reads, and there are five more to follow in this groundbreaking learn to read program.
Each of The Reading Game's six stories is told using just thirty new words. These are broken down into six sets of five words. The student learns to read each set of five words by playing a simple word matching game. Frequent exposure through play hardwires these words into long-term memory. Rote learning is transformed into a fast-paced game with a winner every few seconds."
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