Spring Session 2016: June 11th

Our session ended on June 11, 2016 with a celebration and presentation of “An African Cinderella Story.” Thanks to all parents, students, volunteers and supporters for making this session a very successful one. Our fall session will begin in September 2016. We wish everyone an enjoyable, safe and restful summer.

Our 2016 Spring Session was Sponsored by:

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Photos courtesy of AdanneO

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Spring Session 2016: April 30th

Photos courtesy of AdanneO

Baking Chemistry

DSC03021This activity was inspired by a donated book called “Messing Around With Baking Chemistry by Bernie Zubrowski .  Neighborhood Work Play Kids Theatre students learned math and science through a baking experience.  As they were guided through the process of baking bread together, they observed how yeast rises and bread dough expands.  They learned that there is  math and science in cooking and baking.  Students baked millet bread inspired by reading “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” by John Steptoe.

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Let’s Play Mancala

DSC03054Mancala originated in Africa.  It’s a game of mathematical skill.  A few other names for this game is Warre, Wari, Woro, Owari, Adi Ayo, Ayoayo and Kale.  Neighborhood Work Play Kids Theatre students enjoyed playing Mancala using empty egg cartons as their game board and played the game with beads.  In future post you will see their decorated Mancala game boards.

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Spring Session 2016: April 9th

Tie Dyeing

Neighborhood Work Play Kids Theatre is exploring the continent of Africa with a focus on Sierra Leone. Tie Dyeing is popular in Sierra Leone. Neighborhood Work Play Kids Theatre’s students engaged in the process of folding cloth, preparing the dye bath and dyeing the fabric. This activity was a great success. In our future post you will see the outcome.

Photos courtesy of AdanneO

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Spring Session 2016: March 5th

We are exploring Africa in our Spring session. Students are reading and learning about Sierra Leone and tie dying fabric and practicing how to fold for tie dying. Students always share what they have learned by reading from their learning journals to the class. Since we are exploring Africa our read aloud sessions are folktales from Africa. It was a pleasure to have Ms. Cindy Similien-Johnson, Executive Assistant – Community Events Program, Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) read aloud to students “Africa Dream” by Eloise Greenfield. Students enjoyed her reading of the story and they asked many questions. We explored green foods such as broccoli and kiwi and how they help us stay healthy. After all the hard work they have done learning, students took a moment to move around the classroom and stretch.

Photos courtesy of AdanneO

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