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Learn about France: Architecture

Welcome to France, Tiny Travelers!

This week, we’re going to bring Notre Dame Cathedral to life! It is located in the capital of France, Paris, on a small island in the River Seine. 

There are lots of fascinating facts about this beautiful landmark to learn. The name “Notre Dame de Paris” literally means “Our Lady of Paris,” and the cathedral is famous for the story of the hunchback who once lived there and rang its bell! Have you heard of it? The hunchback must have been busy, because there are ten bells at Notre Dame, and they all have names — most of them come from Catholic saints, like Anne-Geneviève.

Notre Dame was built over 700 years ago, during the Middle Ages! It’s a great example of Gothic architecture, which you might recognize from dramatic features like stained glass windows (the cathedral has three, known as the rose windows), pointed arches, and elaborate decoration. 

For this week’s lesson let’s color a lively scene from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, including the following elements:  

Accordion

South tower (right)

North tower (left)

River Seine

Beret


You might even feel a little gust of fall wind coming through as you color this lovely scene!


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Learn About Haiti: Culture!

Welcome to Haiti, Tiny Travelers!

This week, we have a chance to add a splash of color to Haiti’s Rara festival! This carnival, which is full of lively street processions, embodies the musical spirit and vibrant culture of Haiti.

There are many elements that make up the ritualistic musical reunion that is Rara: woodwind instruments called vaksen or banbou, the metal-made trumpet kòne, different types of drums, maracas, grags (also called güiras), flutes, and much more! Streets are enveloped in song and melodies as Rara bands, some featuring only women, make their way through neighborhoods (sometimes for miles!), while parade-goers and fans partake by way of singing and dancing.

The vaksin or banbou are especially popular during Rara — they are long hollow tubes that serve as horns, and, depending on their size, create a different sound! Their unique sound is essentially synonymous to Rara. The tanbou, a barrel drum stemming from Haiti, which is carried cross-body, is also very much present, and it is said that the older the drum…the better the sound!

For this week’s lesson you will color a scene from the Rara carnaval, including the following elements:

Vaksin
Kòne
Tanbou
Chapo pay
Zwazo

You might even feel the music coming through as you color this lovely scene from the parade!


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Welcome to Egypt, Tiny Travelers!

This week we we will continue to apply all of your learning about maps, geography, and land and water forms as we explore Egypt. Located in northeast Africa, Egypt has a desert climate of extreme hot during the summer and cold during the winter. Because Egypt only receives about one inch of rainfall each year, the Nile River is an important source of water, with annual floods that allow for crops to grow. These floods were crucial for the ancient civilizations that inhabited Egypt, which is why some of the most iconic historic sites are located near the Nile, such as the great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Valley of Kings, not to mention the capital city of Cairo. 

For this week’s lesson you will color a map of Egypt, then find and circle important geographic landmarks and cultural sites:

  1. The Nile River
  2. The Red Sea
  3. The Western Desert
  4. The Sinai Peninsula
  5. The Mediterranean Sea
  1. The capital city of Cairo 
  2. The Pyramids of Giza
  3. The Valley of Kings

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