Yesterday we had sensation stations as a part of Autism Awareness Week. We enjoyed exploring boxes that are designed to arouse our senses, and discussing our reactions to them!
Today we read the story of The People Who Hugged the Trees, a folk tale from India. It tells the story of a group of villagers who hugged trees in a forest close to their village to prevent them being cut down by the Maharajah.
We all felt very strongly that Amrita and her friends were right to defend the trees, as they were so important to their lives and livelihood.
Later, we looked at a newspaper report about people who decided to protest the felling of trees here in Ireland, only twenty years ago. They didn't want a major road built through the Glen of the Downs, an area of natural beauty.
Finally, we considered an issue that is relevant to our local area right now. The Hellfire Club is a local historical site, on a mountain top in the Dublin Mountains, with views over all of Dublin. Some people feel that the area should be developed so that it can attract more visitors. Others protest that any development will spoil the natural beauty.
The majority of our class felt that it should be kept as it is, so that the habitat of local creatures will not be damaged. Many children felt that it would be good to reach some sort of a compromise - building some kind of visitor's centre without interrupting the environment too much.
We have a new teacher in our room today! Siobhán is a student teacher. She started with us today and she will be teaching us for the next three weeks.
Siobhán is very excited to teach us all kinds of interesting things - we will be learning lots about China, and even doing a class project!
We are learning about the creation stories of a variety of cultures this month. So far, we have looked at a Chinese creation story and a Maori story, as well as the story told in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.
We have been talking about what these stories have in common, and how they are different. You might like to take a look at some other international creation stories at mythicjourneys.org