The third quarter of the school year finds us continuing our exploration of the home countries and cultures of our friends. The last country we learned about was Indonesia.
We learned a lot about Indonesia, such as their native language (Bahasa), their geographical make-up (an archipelago, just like the Philippines!), and even some cool inventions they’ve contributed to the world like Kopiko candy and the Polygon bike!
One interesting thing we learned about Indonesia is that it has an abundance of volcanoes. One such volcano we learned about was Mt. Krakatoa, whose eruption in 1883 “was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history” (Wikipedia). In relation to Mt. Krakatoa, we also learned about a festival celebrated in Lampung called the Lampung Krakatau Festival in which many various activities were held. One of these activities had to do with children flying kites. To join in the celebration of the Lampung Krakatau Festival, we made our own kites in the classroom, and took them out for a spin down along the empty driveway of school.
Here they are working hard on their kites
It was amazing to watch the glee on their faces as they tried to get their kites up as high as they could. I think they enjoyed the running part a lot as well :p
As a culminating activity to our exploration of the Indonesian culture, one of the parents of our Indonesian student came in to demonstrate an Indonesian ice dessert called es teler. The kids were able to have a hand in preparing the dessert, and were able to have a bit of it as well once it was done They really enjoyed the dish! A lot of them had commented that it is similar to our Filipino dish halo-halo. It was great to see them drawing similarities and differences between the cultures we have been learning about these past months
Here are some photos as they prepared the dessert: