ORANGE COUNTY–American Culture and History came alive on the campus of Ari G. Minassian School this past November 12, 2008 and December 1. Students of the 4th and 5th Grade classes actively participated in an outstanding educational history and social studies program “California Weekly Explorer.”
The Program is presented by California Weekly Explorer; a Tustin based company founded in 1979. It assembles the students and teaches them about California and American History through a live, interactive social studies program using a hands-on approach. They used props, music, and literature as the students traveled together on an imaginary trip through history and geography about California and the American Revolution.
Students participated as teams and individuals as they acted out the roles of the founding Americans and their nemeses. Through the direction of the presenter and previous teaching of their teachers, on November 12, 2008 while conducting an assembly on California History, they simulated events in historical costumes, crowns, and even made adobe bricks and had a fiesta when Mexico took Control of California in 1822. On December 1, 2008, they carried imaginary muskets and wore powdered wigs as they tromped through Boston and reenacted the Revolutionary War, while learning about the American Revolution and signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Prior to the assemblies, the students were given various historical vocabulary words to memorize, as well as historical events on a task card.
They had to conduct research about the historical characters and memorize the events. During the assembly they were separated into teams. A team was awarded points based on their previously learned answers.
During the programs, the students were taught new information that was reinforced in numerous ways and the students were continuously engaged,
Students Allen Ashikian, Betty Markarian and Ara Minassian all agreed that “the best part was dressing up and leaning about American and California history.” Betty Markarian, a 5th grade student joyously exclaimed “The best part was everyone’s participation and liked the competition part with good sportsmanship.” While Ara Minassian , also a 5th grade student states” We got to have fun while learning and liked acting out parts of American History.”
The presentation of this program is a small example of the many wonderful educational programs offered by Ari Guiragos Minassian School in Santa Ana, CA., a WASC Accredited school and an exceptional learning institution for young Armenian students in the Orange County, CA area. In its continued strive toward excellence, the school’s Principal, Board and Faculty are continually striving toward enriching their students academic and cultural lives through various academic, social and cultural programs.
For more information on the AGM School, please contact 714 ‘s839- 7831.