By: Jo Louie, Garden Committee Chair
This reporting is belated as the actual event took place in June of this year, at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year, before we graduated our then 1st graders and send them off for their summer break.
Rounding off the core unit on the study of the continent Africa, an immersion experience was brought into the Garden for the first time to allow the students to encounter authentic West African drums and percussion instruments. Drum makers and performers from Wooden Roots explained the step-by-step making of djembes, a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, as well as shared and educated the children of some of the cultural artifacts from West Africa. The workshop included a mini music and dance performance, demonstrations of the various instruments, hands-on learning of a few traditional West African rhythms and dance steps, culminating with a professionally lead, energetic drum circle participated by every child.
It was a wonderful and enriching experience for the children. A great time was had by all, and we look forward to having Wooden Roots return next June to entertain and educate our next generation of 1st grade kids.