“Teach Kids About Africa – Zanziabar's New Year” is an engaging, participatory world cultures lesson about Africa for kids that introduces them to Zanzibar, a group of islands found off the eastern coast of Africa, and inspires them to celebrate Mwaka Kogwa, the Zanzibari new year. Kids will learn that Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, discover that Mwaka Kogwa is a Zanzibari iteration of Persia's Nowruz, then get up and experience a classroom or living room version of the holiday festival.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a step-by-step "How to celebrate Mwaka Kogwa" lesson. The goal of this lesson is to provide the tools for you to treat your students to their very first introduction to the basic idea of Mwaka Kogwa and to inspire you and even your youngest students to get up and enjoy elements of the festival together. Ideally the lesson will be the first step on your and your students' road to further Mwaka Kogwa exploration.
All Around This World is a global music and world cultures program that introduces kids and their grown-ups to the world using enlivening international rhythms and movement.
No materials or foreknowledge of Africa necessary. Imagination and an open mind required.
Interactive PDF with background information introducing Tanzania and links to teacher training video and All Around This World's “Teach Kids About Mwaka Kogwa” YouTube video.
Access to password-protected “How to Teach Kids About Mwaka Kogwa” video. All Around This World founder and lead teacher Jay Sand introduces you to Mwaka Kogwa and suggests ways to share the lesson with kids, from infants-in-arms to 9 year-olds. In case you feel less than confident about singing and dancing with your students, the video includes a section with Jay teaching the lesson directly to kids. ** Teacher training video is on Vimeo.com. Please make sure you can access Vimeo videos before you buy the lesson.
-- Sections include: Vocabulary/Terms, Discussion/Projects, Learning Outcome/Goal, Materials, Assessment
-- Printable summary of lesson for kids to take home (both color and back and white)
-- Common core and standards information (“National Council for Social Studies” “National Standards for Music Education”)
All Around This World lessons are a small part of Jay Sand's independently crafted, mission-driven educational project that includes:
-- weekly online classes (Jay makes a new class available each week for families and schools to share with their students)
-- Award-winning multilingual CDs such as All Around This World: Latin America and All Around This World: Africa
-- the All Around This World website, with over 1,000 pages that introduce kids and their families to music and culture from every inhabited continent
-- parent-child classes, family-friendly concerts and school workshops
and always much more...
This lesson is licensed for use in one classroom or for one family, or for use by a "traveling" teacher (such as a music teacher who visits several classrooms in a school. Multiple licenses are available at a 50% discount.