Hello World Travelers!
Today, we traveled across the sea to the beautiful hills of Ireland. Students had a wonderful day exploring this beautiful country!
Students learned about the most important crop from the Irish heritage, the potato. They learned about the Irish Potato Famine that caused a Great Hunger in Ireland. Many people from Ireland immigrated to the United States during this time because a plague caused the destruction to the potato crops.
In Foods Around the World, students learned more about potatoes and other important Irish dishes. Students were able to create their own dish of mashed potatoes by putting various toppings and they also tasted Irish Soda Bread. They thoroughly enjoyed their tastings!
Themselves came to Great Getaways to share their program entitled, "An Immigrant's Story" about Mary Clare whose family was affected by the Potato Famine in Ireland and eventually came to live with her aunt in New York City when she was 18 years old.
In Movement & Games, Students did amazing relay races and climbed through the Irish Hills and Mountains!
In Arts & Crafts students learned about the symbolism of the shamrock and how to write their name in the Gaelic language. Students painted cork coasters with the shamrock and were able to write their names in Gaelic on them. They are a beautiful reminder of our day spent in Ireland!
This afternoon we had Irish Step-Dancers from the Gray School come to share a little bit about this incredible Irish tradition. Students explained the history of Irish Step-Dancing, the costumes and the music.
Students were even able to practice a the Irish Jig with the dancers!
I hope everyone had a wonderful time in Ireland today. Tomorrow, we are visiting the land of South Africa!