Kids-Niche Feature: Huckleberry Kindergarten Class

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Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in our Kids Niche Programs! These feature lessons, activities, and saunters from a different classroom each week.

Today’s Feature: Huckleberry’s learn about Traditional Native Games

In October, Shooting Stars and Huckleberry programs combined to learn about traditional Native Games in Montana. The students gathered together near a chokecherry shrub outside of our school to talk about how Indigenous tribes like the Blackfeet and Salish traditionally harvested plant materials for making native games equipment. We used a sage smudge to "clean" the area for harvesting, asked permission of the shrub to take some branches, and we sprinkled some loose leaf tobacco as an offering to say thank you to the shrub for providing us with her limbs. We will use the materials we gathered to make games like Run and Scream, Ring the Stick, and Make the Stick Jump. For more information about smudging, click here.

This lesson meets some of our goals for Place-Based Education including discussing local cultures, flora, and building connections between people that are different from us. It also represents a way that we can work towards our school-wide goal of Inclusion and Anti-Bias Education.  

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the way Missoula used to be different

  • Use classroom toys that illustrate diversity and questions social norms. 

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