Out-Of-School: Europe Diversity

Europe is the world’s second smallest continent but has the second largest population. The landscape ranges from the frozen tundra and forest of the north to the hot dry hills of the Mediterranean region. It is a crowded continent with over 40 different countries. These are some of the fun facts we shared with the kids this week on our study of Europe. During the week, the Out Of School children learned about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Eiffel Tower which inspired them to construct their own unique and interesting structures of varying shapes and sizes using blocks, cardboard, styrofoam balls and other materials. We had a fun cooking segment where the kids made perogies and learned where they come from as well as the history behind them.

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Europe is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the Renaissance. To quote Thomas J. Watson, “The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.” In January, children in our Futurekids Out of School Program explored creative art styles and used their imagination to think outside the box. The following are some of the masterpieces they created.

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The Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C.E and were originally held as part of a religious festival to honour Zeus but it wasn’t until 1896 that the modern Olympics where the world’s countries used the games as an opportunity for peace. The Olympic Games today are represented by five rings meant to represent North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. This month at Futurekids, the children designed their own Olympic rings and medals. We also held our own Olympic Games where the Out of School kids took part in indoor and outdoor competitions including an obstacle course and paper airplane contest with every child receiving a participation medal at the end. We finished the week by creating our own Olympic torches out of ice cream cones and cheesies.

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The ancient Greeks told stories about their gods. These stores are called myths (shore for mythology, or stores about gods). Stories about the ancient Greek gods are still told today. Each storyteller told the stories in their own way, but whatever power and personality a god had was consistent from story to story. For example, Zeus was the king of all the gods, and only Zeus could throw lightening bolts. Many myths were based on the fact that gods, like mortal men, could be punished or rewarded for their actions.

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This week at Futurekids, the children learned about the powers that each Greek God had. They even created there own gods with the super powers they would like to have. We also talked about how the arts related to Greek Mythology and created Greek drama masks. We ended the week with cake pops which the children decorated.

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