Cuba - Focus Country for 2018-2019
As political relations with Cuba relax, and the US and Cuba move toward normalizing their relationship, we will be learning about Cuba and what it has to offer the world. Please enjoy these videos and links to follow along as your children learn about this fascinating country.
Kids of Guatemala - Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Grades
Our Paddock students watched several videos about kids in Cuba available through Amazon Prime. We learned about what school and family life is like for Cuban kids, and how important dance and music is to their culture. We also explored some of the unusual houses people live in since the redistribution of housing under Fidel Castro's regime.
Raudel in Cuba: We go along with Raudel while he attends school in the capital city of Havana and plans a party for his friends after school. Available on Amazon Prime here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00D5D2J4O/ref=atv_wl_hom_c_unkc_1_17
Talia - My House in Cuba: We see how larger mansion homes have been divided up into apartments leading to close-knit communities sharing many communal spaces. Available on Amazon Prime here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B005OYVZR4/ref=atv_wl_hom_c_unkc_1_15
Renson and His Brass Band: All Cubans value their traditions of music and dance. Most kids learn to dance and sing salsa before they even go to school. Available on Amazon Prime here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00CV6GU5U/ref=atv_wl_hom_c_unkc_1_16
Damaris and Her Music School: Damaris attends a special school that teaches academics and music. She is learning to sing, dance, and play the piano as well as learning regular school subjects. Available on Amazon Prime here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00CV3CQ88/ref=atv_wl_hom_c_unkc_1_15
Sharks of Cuba - Kinder, 1st, & 2nd Grades
Students watched an episode of Shark Week - Tiburones - Sharks of Cuba. It provided an excellent overview of the marine ecology and the importance of sharks to the Cuban ecosystem. This video was also the first time that Cuban and American scientists worked together to tag sharks in an effort to develop a conservation program to protect the endangered species. This video was purchased through Amazon for the purpose of this lesson.
It is available here, if you are interested: https://www.amazon.com/Tiburones-Sharks-of-Cuba/dp/B010MDD1JQ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1NKR32IWYVYA6&keywords=tiburones+sharks+of+cuba&qid=1571623469&s=instant-video&sprefix=tiburones%2Cinstant-video%2C155&sr=1-1
Cuban Folktales - Kinder, 1st, and 2nd
Paddock students experienced the importance of storytelling in the Cuban culture where many people do not have electricity, and there is no internet access. We read "Martina the Beautiful Cockroach" and "The Bossy Gallito." They also watched a video of a Cuban storyteller.