March is National Women’s Month in the United States. CE1 and CE2 SI students are studying women who have contributed greatly or have set an example for women in today’s society. This week, CE1 students are studying Helen Keller, an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. As an infant, Helen became deaf and blind from a high fever. After struggling for several years, Helen’s parents were finally able to get her a teacher who could communicate to Helen even though she was deaf and blind. Later, Helen was able to graduate from college and even write a book about her life. Students have taken a look at her life and the obstacles that she had to overcome because of her disability. For an activity, they were able to make their names in braille and also made a message about how Helen Keller was an example for others.
CE2 students are studying about the Midwestern region of the United States. To tie in with the women’s month theme, students are taking a look at Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was an American author from the Midwest who wrote numerous books about family life in the Midwest during the 1800s. For their activity, they are making a bio poem about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Their work will be shared in partnership with the French school in Seattle.