Children enjoy learning about Irish culture

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Kindergarten teacher Jane Curtin helps Lucy Rainey of Grafton with her leprechaun hat at Country Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten. The kindergarten class learned about the culture of Ireland during a weeklong study. Photo/submitted
Kindergarten teacher Jane Curtin helps Lucy Rainey of Grafton with her leprechaun hat at Country Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten. The kindergarten class learned about the culture of Ireland during a weeklong study.
Photo/submitted

Sutton – Students at Country Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten of Sutton enjoyed learning the culture of a new country during a weeklong school-wide program.

One preschooler class studied the United Mexican States.

“The children learned about the Mayan society, the early Spaniard settlers, facts about the country and the food and customs of the Mexican people,” said lead teacher Amanda Petrillo.

Children created colorful desert landscapes, enjoyed tasty, spicy nachos and learned the Mexican hat dance and new Spanish words.

The preschool class room was decorated with many Mexican-themed items including the Mexican flag, students’ art work and scenes of Mexico. Teachers also wore ponchos and sombreros.

Kindergarteners experienced a fun week experiencing the culture of Ireland.  During circle time they learned about Irish customs, colored a map of Ireland, made Leprechaun hats and dined on Irish soda bread at snack time.  They enjoyed watching kindergarten teacher Jane Curtin’s niece Maggie Dowd, a student at The McInerney School of Irish Step Dance, show them an Irish step dance.

Children studied the culture of Ireland in Julie Kulesza’s classroom, too. Preschoolers learned about the history of Irish people in America, learned how to locate Ireland on a globe and listened to Irish fairy tales. They created shamrocks and leprechaun hats and looked at books filled with beautiful colorful photographs of Ireland.