Friday, May 15, 2009

Our Big, Fat, Greek Field Trip

We attended the Greek Festival in Camp Hill, Pa today. This is a field trip that is well worth the drive. We get a peek into Greek culture from Greeks. I love field trips that cover several subject areas and this one is no exception.

Subjects covered:

Art and Bible - Take a closer look at the icons and mosaics. This is a picture of a mosaic over the doorway to go inside. Can you tell the story this picture tells?

Music - Greek music was playing throughout the festival; Observe the folk dancers

Mathematics - Calculating costs of foods before going and be sure to take enough money for everything you want to eat. We could also calculate the calories, but who really wants to go there? I mean, how many calories could possibly be in those pastries?

This is the most delicious moussaka. The ladies who serve it are also kind enough to talk to you about the food they are serving if you ask.

Language Arts - Write a letter to Grandma to tell her about the festival. Create a journal entry about the trip.

Social Studies - Learning about Greek-American Foods and Culture

After going last year, we really looked forward to returning this year. The dancers were impressive and I love looking at the icons inside the church. The moussaka and baklava alone were worth the drive.

During the next academic year, I am planning for us to learn a little about Greek language using Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! from Greek n' Stuff. Perhaps what we learn will be reinforced next year when we return.


K.Kelly said...

Hi mom,
MMM I can still taste that moussaka!

Anonymous said...

MMMM, That Greek food was very filling!

Anonymous said...

MMMM That Greek food was good!

Anonymous said...

What a great field trip! I am going to keep my eye open for things like this in my area!

Lizzie said...

Wasn't it awesome? I loved the Greek desserts and the music. =)

Pam Chaddon said...

I just love seeing kids learn this way - touching, feeling, tasting, experiencing! We are going to try to go next year.