This morning we met with our friends in the Falkland Islands. We started off by reading them “If you give a mouse a cookie.” Jack, their reading dog, was there listening as well. We were surprised to know they haven’t heard of it! Then the students there read us a story about “Souper Man.” A fire took place at a large soup factory, but Souper man showed up and dumped soup all over to put the fire out. They asked us if we’d ever heard of Souper Man. Ha! We asked each other lots of questions about gardens, after school activities, and food we like to eat. The kids in Falkland Island practiced the Hokey Pokey just to dance with us! So, we all Hokey Pokeied to end. Afterward we talked about communicating skills. Sometimes it is difficult to hear and understand each other, especially when different accents are involved! We talked about speaking clearly and directly. Lots to learn!
We started our club meeting off today with a review of places and people we know around the world-Geography is exciting when you can relate it to an experience!
We then did our best to match our monsters pictures to those made by the students in Nairobi. The kids did a great job of finding their matching monsters, but then they started to notice some drastic differences between their drawings and those of the monsters from Kenya.
“Why does their monster have legs and mine does not?” “This one has horns and mine does not.” where a few of their questions and responses. After reading back over the descriptions given to the students in Kenya, which were used to create their monsters, we realized that maybe we had skipped over a few important details! We forgot to mention that our monster has no legs, but is made of goo! We continued this conversation in relation to our communication skills and how important they become when we are trying to make or teach something. These skills are also important when we are doing a job.
To bring home the point, we played a fun game of telephone. It’s a classic and the kids loved it. What started off as “Once upon a time there was a scary monster with green horns and sharp teeth” ended up as “My mom brought me a hamburger from McDonald’s” (I think someone in the group was ready for breakfast!).
We ended the meeting by making a big poster for our club with some pictures sharing things we’ve done and learned. It was a great way to start a day!