The Intra Curricular Activities Teachers (ICAT) dedicate February a “Culture-In-Focus” month for all elementary students: Zebras, Giraffes, Agents, Alligators, Owls, Bears, Labs, Penguins, Mustangs, and Explorers. This year, we are learning about Kenya!
Students are learning how to say hello, thank you, and good-bye in Swahili during their ICAT time as a common theme. Each ICAT teacher is focusing more in-depth in their specific area: drama with story-telling and acting, library with stories, technology with a BrainPOP on countries and map usage, PE with soccer, art with fabric dying and instrument making, and music with dancing, drumming, and singing.
To start in music, we are learning Swahili words by singing them.
Jambo bwana (Hello sir)
Habari gani? (How are you?)
Nzuri sana (Very fine)
Wageni mwakaribishwa (Visitors are welcomed)
Kenya yetu (Our country, Kenya)
Hakuna matata (There are no worries)
Below is a video I am showing to each class. Ask your student to how to say hello!