In this series of lessons we are all excited to learn about Mongolia’s amazing Throat singing traditions and skills.
In Mongolia, classical throat singing and playing of the “whoor” ( Mongolia’s version of a guitar) is taught at various universities and the children were amazed at the beauty and variety of sounds and versions of singing that can be made with the throat, including throat whistling and chest whistling!
Many fascinating you tube clips were viewed and discussed with the focus on Mongolia’s traditions and how we need to put ourselves in their “shoes” to truly understand significant differences in cultures and to be respectful of them.
We also studied the traditional customs of Mongolia and the students came to the realisation they have many customs that are similar to our own.
For example- inviting guests to eat and drink when they visit homes and respecting their elders.
This fortnight in Cultural Studies we are learning about traditional Mongolian clothes and the beautiful Gers/Yerts/Yurts that they live within Mongolia!
The Year 1,2,and 3 classes have been comparing their winter clothes with that of Mongolian clothes and we all agree that they really know how to keep warm on the frigid cold winters of Mongolia.
They year 4,5 and 6 classes have also been taking a detailed look at what they have learnt this year and reflected on information that has made an impact on their depth of understandings within the cultures of the countries we have covered this year.
It was very rewarding for me as their teacher to read the evidence of their learning and see their maturing outlook on becoming tolerant, aware and respectful of different cultures and their respective traditions.
Above are some of the samples of their work. In reflection, the students have remembered and discovered so many different facets of Asia and made their learning a growing part of their developing cultural awareness.
This fortnight the students at St Emilie’s had the wonderful opportunity to display their weeks of hard work and learning discoveries in our India Expo in the hall on Wednesday.
It was a really special evening where our year 6 guides were able to take visitors through the distinctive learning opportunities and cultural understandings that we have studied this term.
Bringing the Australian Curriculum to families has been a wonderful experience for us all!