Art and Music: Africa

Art and Music: Africa

At my house we've been participating in the Read The World book club and this week we have been reading books about Africa.  Check out http://simplehomeschool.net/read-the-world-page/ for details. Jamie has some great resources for videos and recipes. She also includes her own videos and printable maps.

This week we've read so many great books. We also tried our hand at some recipes from West Africa and Madagascar.

Jollof, a West African rice dish with a tomato base and veggies.

Jollof, a West African rice dish with a tomato base and veggies.

Gingered pineapple sundae eaten in Madagascar, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

Gingered pineapple sundae eaten in Madagascar, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

For Art and Music day this week we decided to share what we had been learning with Sophia's family. 

Mama Miti, written by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Mama Miti, written by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

We shared one of the many books we read about Wangari Maathai, also known as Mama Miti (mother of trees), a scientist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient from Kenya who helped teach the importance of trees to her country. She started the greenbelt movement throughout Kenya and brought stability back to the environment. Her story is so inspirational.  It shows us that one person can make a difference, tree by tree, or one small act at a time.

A beautiful image from the book.

A beautiful image from the book.

Sophia taught the kids a Kenyan song in Swahili and the kids loved using drums and rhythm sticks to make music.

Jambo!

Jambo!

The kids made their own still life drawings of an African basket.  They could choose to use pencil, crayon, chalk pastels, or oil pastels. It is so fun to see the variety and each of their artistic viewpoints.

I love that they each see things differently and have their own ideas.

I love that they each see things differently and have their own ideas.

They did a fantastic job!

They did a fantastic job!

This has been such a fun week for us.  We would love to hear how you incorporate music and art into your life.  If you have any book or recipe ideas from Africa we'd love to hear about those too.

-Mary