Bringing it all back home

During our week’s review during morning circle, it became clear that we have learned a tremendous amount about Peru, Japan, Australia and Mongolia!  One of our kids summarized, "all the countries we learned about are really close and connected to nature."  Spark Explorers discussed ways to bring that connectedness to nature into our lives right … Continue reading Bringing it all back home

Aboriginal Dreamtime Legends

The Dreamtime is the aboriginal Australian legend of the beginnings and creation of the universe and all life.  Australian communities pass stories down through generations using symbolic storytelling.  Using clay puppets, Gigi led the kids through the Australian story of creation, telling the origins of the how humans came to dream expansively, and how humans … Continue reading Aboriginal Dreamtime Legends

Learning about the Didgeridoo

We listened to the sounds of the didgeridoo, an Aboriginal wind and percussion instrument. After hearing recordings and watching videos of advanced players, we got to look at our very own didgeridoo. We also learned about circular breathing, a highly advanced technique embraced by wind and brass players as well as didgeridoo players. Using circular … Continue reading Learning about the Didgeridoo

Learning about Aboriginal Australians

We learned about the indigenous aboriginal groups of Australia who have lived in harmony with their landscape for millennia.  While migrating, they shaped the earth with their complex farming practices, making sure to protect the animals and plant-life of each region, and leaving enough resources for their fellow man.    Spark Explorers started our journey … Continue reading Learning about Aboriginal Australians