Kindergarteners recently explored the customs and traditions of West Africa, including the Ashanti people of Ghana, as part of their Social Studies curriculum.
In addition to discussing Africa’s modern, bustling cities and economy, the girls learned about key cultural aspects that have shaped the nation. One such icon is the legend of Anansi, the original Ghanaian spider-man figure featured prominently in West African stories. The students drew their own interpretations of Anansi’s appearance, and also delved into the rich musical heritage of Ghana. The girls danced some traditional African movements, as they learned about the talking drum — an instrument that, when squeezed, imitates the pitch of human voices. They also designed their own kente-inspired patterns after exploring the origins of hand-woven kente cloth, originally worn exclusively by Ashanti royalty.