Last week was a super crazy week for me. I took the ferry to Maui on Friday and Saturday for a training called Kahua – intro to Hawai‘ian Culture, then flew off to Honolulu for an EdisonLearning conference in Waikiki. It was great to get to go to both of these professional developments! Plus, I had never been to Waikiki before, so it was fun to get to see the famous beach!
At Kahua, we talked about how your name and where you call home can make up who you are. Celebrating both of these will help build relationships and community in your classroom. We started out by making nametags, then going around the circle and telling about ourselves and how we got our name. Of course I got nervous and forgot my name story!! So I’ll tell you, instead 🙂 I was supposed to be a boy! My mom got an ultrasound and the doctor told her I was a boy. I went home from the hospital in a blue outfit that said ‘Daddy’s Little Boy”. My name was going to be Nicholas Daniel. No joke, my name is Nicole Danielle. Haha!
|My name tag: boats, ocean, sunshine, my family, and the University of Oregon 🙂|
Another thing I took away from Kahua was celebrating the place we live. We learned all about Maui – the history of the Lahainaluna high school (one of the only public boarding schools in the country and the oldest school west of the Rockies), and took a tour bus all around Ka‘anapali and Lahaina. It was so great! It made me really want to learn more about the history of Lana‘i. I know some history associated with the Dole pineapple plantation, but there is still so much more to learn.
|Sunset from Lahainaluna High School. So amazing!|
|4 out of the 6 new teachers this year.|
As I left Kahua, I decided that I am going to learn as much as I can to incorporate Hawai‘ian traditions into my classroom. I typed up four Hawaiian songs and had my students glue them into their poetry books.
Here are the best audio versions of the songs I’ve found to teach your class:
I made the song sheets into a little freebie packet if you are interested in teaching your class some Hawai‘ian songs, too! Included is a poster for pronouncing the Hawaiian Piapa (alphabet), a song book cover, and all four songs typed up. There are boxes on each song sheet for students to illustrate what the songs means to them. This ties in nicely with the Marzano vocabulary program and also works well for ESL students who are learning English. Click on the picture to download from Google Drive.
|When I taught 1st grade in Oregon, we used to make color word rainbows, so I decided to do it in Hawaiian this year! I used my Hawaiian Colors posters to help teach the colors.|
I also plan to use these products from my friend Corinna from Surfin’ Through Second.
|Hawai‘ian and English number posters with models|
|Here are Corinna’s posters hanging in my room.|
|Hawai‘ian phrases mini-book|
I’m linking up to Darling Little Learners.