Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Turkish Culture, Customs, and Cuisine


Today we were visited by a "O"s mother who treated the class to a beautiful presentation about the country Turkey. Mrs. B. showed the children where Turkey is on the map, taught several greetings, and shared delicious food with the students. We learned about Nasreddin Hodja who is a charismatic personality from Turkish folklore dating from the 13th century. It is his wisdom that has endeared him to many throughout the centuries. Mrs. B. read a story in Turkish and then translated it for the children...

                                                                EAT  MY FUR COAT
The Hodja was invited out to dinner. He went in his old clothes and nobody was interested in him. When he found a few minutes to spare, he rushed home and collected his fur coat.
When he came back, he was treated with great respect. Everybody wanted to speak to him.
When they sat down for dinner he said: “Eat, fur coat, eat!”
And he explained to the curious people:
“If this regard is for my coat, it must eat also.”

The children learned a lot about Turkey and we appreciate all the time and effort put into teaching the children about this wonderful country and its traditions, culture and cuisine!!


8 comments:

dayle timmons said...

What a wonderful opportunity for the children in your class. Thank you so much to O's mom for taking the extra time and effort!

Anonymous said...

What a great experience for the kids to learn about Turkey. Alexa really enjoyed it and we loved listening to her share some of the interesting things she learned from O and his Mom. Thank you!!

Christa said...

How fun! We were treated to lots of Turkish fun facts after school that day. I just love the enthusiasm in her voice when she was telling us all about it. Thanks for such a wonderful presentation!

Lourdes said...

Wow! The students have travelled the world this year and without needing a passport or even getting on a plane. Thanks O & Mom for sharing your culture with the class.

Kristen Tiurchy said...

Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this wonderful presentation for the children. It is so meaningful for them to learn about other cultures. James has worn his "eye pin" every day!

Coaches Chronicle said...

I am so glad that I got a chance to meet all the wonderful children in the Mallard classroom and had the chance to share O''s and my native country. I hope each of them get an opportunity to visit Turkey one day and many other nations around the world...

Haley Alvarado said...

Shalyn came home and told me all about this learning journey! She said she definitely wants to go visit Turkey. What a wonderful opportunity to utilize your parents talents, gifts,and cultures to teach the kids! Now all we need is a few plant tickets to Turkey and we'll be all set!

Widad said...

I LOVE this! My family moved from Kuwait to the U.S when I was in third grade and I remember feeling VERY different from the other kids in my class. You are an AMAZING teacher to be so culturally sensitive!