Wordful Wednesday-International Day

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right. Thank you for playing along!

Every once in awhile I’m invited to an event that literally blows my mind.  International Day at my twins school was one such event.  I knew that “International Day” was coming up, and I knew that parents were invited to spend the day with their children as they passed through “countries”, but I had no idea that it would be so spectacular.

I think that the students and attending adults probably get more out of the day than a whole year or lifetime of social studies.

Here’s how it works:  Every classroom is completely tranfsormed into a “country” by families that want to be involved.  And when I saw transformed, I mean transformed.  Wall coverings, artifacts, food, toys, clothing.  Hundreds of objects that represent each country can be found.  Even the courtyards are transformed with ethnic music and kiosks selling ethnic food like Japanese pancakes (proceeds went to aid Japan).  There is an opening ceremony and then each child is put into a multi-age group and assigned to 3 countries.  Over the course of the day they visit each “country”, spending 1 hour in each room learning about the country, tasting food from the country and doing crafts from that country.

Simply amazing.

And, of course I didn’t come prepared.  In fact, I didn’t even plan on staying.   Had I know how fabulous it was going to be I would have made sure I was there all day, and I would have taken my other children out of their school to experience International day as a family.  I also would have brought a camera instead of relying on the crappy photos from my phone.

But that’s all water under the bridge, right?

Next year I plan on crashing International Day with a camera and kids in tow.

Have you been to a school event that is executed so well that it astounds you?

Don’t forget to hop on over to my co-host  Amanda’s place to see what she has to be Wordful about today!

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    I SO don’t remember entering here, even tho I came back to do so … see, I have no words lol . Love that your kids get the opportunity to be involved in things like this, its so important for them to learn about everywhere else and look beyond our lives here in US … yes, play hooky next time, and join in !

  2. 5

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    Oh! I LOVED when our school used to do that! I always volunteered to make some sort of food so that I got to bring home the experience too. So much fun!
    Glad you enjoyed yourself and your kids got so much out of it 🙂

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    My kids have done a couple of these at their school and it’s fantastic to see all the effort put into it. Definitely a hands-on learning experience.

  4. 10

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    sounds like a great school – and nope not too happy w/ my son’s school – thus why I am pulling him out next year. Found a fabulous school where I hope to see something along this that you posted!

  5. 18

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    How neat! They did a disability awareness workshop at my daughter’s school that I was really impressed by. I was so glad to be there. Great to see the kids gain a different perspective.

  6. 22

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    How flipping cool is that?! My girls would have loved that! I wish more schools did more events like this rather focusing on testing. We need to go back to the days when there was fun in learning.

  7. 27

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    That is awesome!

    For Chinese New Years, the kindergarten classes did all kinds of stuff. They had food tasting, stories, games. At the end of the day, families were invited to watch the kids perform a dragon dance. My daughter in 3rd grade was asked to be the head of one of the dragons. It was an awesome event!

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    Angie,

    That is so neat. My daughter’s middle school does a similar thing, called a Diversity Fair, where all the kids do research and set up a table about their own nationality, and then the entire school has a “fair” day where they visit all the tables, participate in crafts, buy tickets, etc. We are looking forward to it!

    Genny

  9. 32

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    Funny you should mention wonderful programs at our children’s schools. Today, I attended the Living Stations of the Cross at my son’s school. We are so blessed to be able to send him to private school so that he can learn about his faith in a school setting in addition to what we teach him at home. This program moved me to tears last year. It amazed me how devout and reverant those kids were even at kindergarten. This year was just as good.

    PS I hope you will visit my new bloggy home (no longer with blogger). I just got it revamped and redesigned! Have a great week.

  10. 33

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    very cool! I’m going to try to organize a “state fair” next year for the kids in our homeschool group. Same basic concept, but on a smaller scale. 🙂

  11. 34

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    Yada, yada, yada…cool event etc. But how can we comment on anything by that red hair and big grin? C-U-U-U-T-E! But then, I might be a little partial to redheads, as I have one of my own. 🙂

    Christy

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    As a French mom, I am a huge fan of opportunities of sharing cultures with children. Our NJ school had the most amazing International Day and so did our Ohio school. Surprisingly, I don’t think there is one planned here in Illinois, but my 3rd grade daughter’s class put together the loveliest cookbook of each child’s favorite family recipe and it was incredibly diverse and entertaining. Food and diversity together – I literally teared up as I read it, thoroughly embarrassing my 9 year old which is always a plus.

  13. 36

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    That looks like an incredible event! I bet it’s something the kids will remember for a long time! I wish our school did something like that.

  14. 38

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    That is amazing. At my little ones school they visit different places for a month. Try different food and learn about these places.. That school sure goes all out.. Have an amazing night.

  15. 40

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    Wow, it looks like the boys school did a fantastic job. Our elementary school had a similar multi-cultural day and it was always such an enjoyable event.

    I have been to many (and chaired) events at school that were well executed. Oh, that sounds like tooting my own horn. 🙂 Toot toot!

    By the way…..the twins just get more adorable each time you show them off.

  16. 41

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    Super cool! I remember our Field Days and Pioneer Weeks from grade school. Looking back at those experiences as a mom I can appreciate the crazy amount of work that must’ve gone into that!

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