Class # 21   Grades: 2- 3- 4- 5

Class Overview

Konnichiwa!  Hello from Japan…the land of the rising sun.  Come learn about Japanese culture and life with us.  We’ll look at foods, clothing, ceremonies, and festivals.  We’ll try our hands at origami and other artistic endeavors.  We’ll write Haiku poetry and make our own miniature Japanese Gardens after we visit several Japanese gardens for inspiration.  We’ll have lunch at a Japanese restaurant and visit the Japanese exhibit at the Minneapolis Art Institute.  We’ll observe and compare Japanese woodblock art and the French impressionists.  We’ll make our own kimonos and perform Japanese folk tale plays.  Sayonara!


Christine Tauer

Christine Tauer, currently first grade teacher at Cedar Creek Community School, has taught gifted education for seven years.  Besides her Master’s in Education, she has a degree in Vocal Music and two and a half years in graduate theatre.  She has directed, performed in, taught and written for many local school, private theatre, and community theatre productions.  Ms. Tauer has presented many state workshops for standards and brain-based arts-infused education.  She is a 2001-2002 Christa McAuliffe fellow and her project Eureka combined science and drama.  In October 2002, Ms. Tauer went to Japan for three weeks on the Fulbright Memorial Teacher Program and returns to Summer Academy for her fifteenth year.


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