It was wonderful to welcome back the grade 2 students from St. Thomas's School. This time they were learning about 'who we are' and to find out more, we looked back at the native Americans and their ways of life, so closely connected to nature.
After we made our name tags, the children listened to a story about 2 twins who didn't have names! They left their village to find the wise man to name them, but got lost and had to be very clever and observant, quick and caring in order to find their way home and finally be named; 'Brave Watching Goose' and 'Clever Digging Squirrel'. Their bravery meant they had pride of place on top of the village totem pole.
After a snack and outdoor play.....
....the children went on their own walk of self discovery in the Hazelhut grounds.
On returning we found out that many of the children related to the freedom of birds, the happy colours of flowers, the strength of trees and much more besides.
We looked at Native American art and especially totem poles. We discovered that these ancient people respected many different animals because of their characteristics - bravery, patience, loyalty etc.
After a well deserved lunch, all the class and their teacher made their own part of a totem. They tried to choose an animal which was like them in some way.
Then we did a language activity looking into adjectives, verbs and animal names in order to rename ourselves using our own personal chracteristics. Each child shared their totem and name in a show and tell session.
Thanks for coming, Grade 2! You worked so hard and we loved having you at the Hazelhut. Come again soon!