ERIC Number: ED334040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Home and Community into the Curriculum: The Zuni Experience. An Interview with Margaret Eriacho, Kaylene Gchachu, and Odell Jaramillo.
Franklin, Elizabeth, Ed.
Insights into Open Education, v23 n8 May 1991
In interview excerpts, three teachers at Dowa Yalanne Elementary School on the Zuni Indian Reservation discuss ways they use community resources to help their students learn. The teachers explain the importance of introducing concepts by grounding them in familiar activities from home and community. They suggest that, for them, the "basics" of education are sensory input, oral language, sharing, and problem solving. Class activities that integrate school, home, and community are described: (1) outdoor walks to observe the change of seasons and to collect "beach sand" for understanding stories about sandcastle building; (2) biscuit making (Anglo) to teach measurement and tortilla making (Zuni) to teach estimation; (3) building little pueblos from stones and mud; (4) painting on sandstones with homemade dyes; (5) teaching shapes from traditional geometric designs on clothing; (6) taping children's stories in Zuni; (7) journal keeping; and (8) discussing Easter and Christmas and whether or not those Anglo traditions are relevant to different Zuni families. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Class Activities, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Curriculum, Experiential Learning, Interviews, Learning Activities, Place Based Education, Primary Education, Teaching Methods
Insights, Center for Teaching & Learning, Box 8158, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202 ($5.00 per year).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.
Identifiers: Sense of Community; Zuni (Pueblo)