Every September I begin our year with the unit: "All the world is my friend." This is a song written by: Nayaswami Kriyananda. This has such a broad way of introducing new friendships, cooperation and harmony in our daily activities.
The words to the song:
All the world is my friend
When I learn how to share my love.
When I stretch out my hand and smile,
Then I live from above.
Here is the link to the music.
The children begin to sing this from the first day of class. I offer books, puppet plays, yoga practices, games and art activities to bring in the theme for the month.
This year I did a few new activities in case you read my October entry from 2012.
Felting world balls
Integration of whole body drawing with our feet. When we draw with our feet, and switch to the hands it all seems easy. We draw with play dough, sand, in the air and on each others backs. This is so exciting to be silly with our new friends.
Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.
Sewing patterns with our friends
Harvesting sunflowers together from our school garden.
|Harvesting apples together at our Equinox celebration|
So tore it up in small pieces and glued it as land continents on our globe.
This added another level of fun. We cut out many photos of animals that lived around the globe and glued them to our world.
The children also put a large floor puzzle together using the same principals of maps and habitats.
The mural had so many beautiful stages.
Here is the list from what a mural can accomplish in a classroom setting.
Celebration of harmony, cooperation, and joy in class. Dynamic tracing hands, right and left hands, cutting, pasting, geography, animal habitats, willingness to help others, gross and fine motor skills, sewing, sensory integration, grip control, recycling, singing , watercolor techniques, blotting, crayon resist, sponge painting, and blending.
One of the students as she helped me commented: " Wow, I had no idea, we did all that!
It is beautiful."
What a lovely way to honor our friendships and live in harmony with the world all around us.