Brazilian news outlet, G1, from the well-known Rede Globo, goes national with report on educational projects done for Halloween, making it into the show “Bem-Estar,” watched around the country.
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Rede Globo’s G1 was at Tigrinhos & Golden Tigers for the bilingual school’s famous Halloween party, organized by the school’s coordinators for students in Pre-School and Elementary School. The festivities included scary monsters, ghosts, skeletons, and witches, which encouraged children to confront their fears and learn from their emotions.
Their article went up on October 31st, highlighting the ways in which Halloween can be used to inspire a dialogue about fear in children. The report also praised the methodology adopted by the school, which helped children capture their “ghosts” and conquer their fears.
“Halloween is a chance for us to get rid of our ghosts. Our mission at school is to work with children in overcoming their insecurities and anxieties. We took advantage of the Halloween theme to help them face these challenges head-on,” said the school’s executive director, Mari Krassner.
The Halloween party always has an educational message. The school is bilingual, so it also presents an opportunity to study American culture. This year, the school decided on the theme: Ghostbusters. The teachers created situations throughout the entire month of October where the students had to deal with frightening creatures or monsters to help them process their feelings.
“All the groups, starting with the babies, had to hunt down ‘ghosts’ that were hidden all around the school. They had to find the best ways to capture them, and even create the places in which they would be held captive. All of these “prisons” were put into an exhibit for the party. They made cells, jails, and even pokeballs. It’s always interesting to see what the students come up with,” noted Mari.
The parents pay a visit
The Halloween event is also a time for students and parents to come together. According to the school’s executive director, the interaction is important because it gives parents a chance to see all the hard work being done.
“The children invite parents to take a tour around the school, showing them all the awesome activities and projects they completed. They get to enjoy lots of candy, blood juice, and also check out the awesome decorations,” highlighted Mari.
Fernando Vieira da Silva, one of the parents at school, sees their participation as extremely important for his 2 year old son’s development.
“For me, this interaction is really important. It brings parents into the school to really see how the work is being done,” he says.
To André Luis de Sousa, joining the festivities is a way to both see what his child is learning and learn from him as well.
“Us Brazilians don’t usually have a lot of exposure to Halloween, so this is an educational experience for us too. Our son taught us all about ghosts and werewolves, all in English! That’s really cool,” he stressed;
Read more about the project in the G1 portal: http://goo.gl/1N1BNC
Check out the video at: http://goo.gl/6rUkuE