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Friends Are Friends, Forever Curriculum

Updated: Feb 9



ABOUT THE STORY

Dandan is moving from her home in Northern China to Turtle Island (settler named the United States). As she and her family and friend Yueyue celebrate a final Lunar New Year together in China, she relishes in the tastes, smells, sounds, and traditions that she has enjoyed for so long.


There is so much that is new for Dandan to learn and experience. Thankfully, Dandan meets a new friend (Christina) who is eager to listen, share, giggle, and connect. When Dandan shares her new year’s paper cutting tradition with Christina, Dandan knows that she has a true and lasting friend.


LEARNING THEMES

FRIENDSHIP, MOVING, MIGRATION, CULTURAL TRADITIONS, LUNAR NEW YEAR, WINTER, ART, LANGUAGE LEARNING


ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

Our curriculum and ongoing practices are rooted in emergent strategy: “the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.” The interactions we have with books, among reading partners, inside classrooms, and within reading communities are relatively simple. What is cultivated from those interactions is something much more complex – lifelong, daily abolitionist, decolonizing, heart/body-centered, and anti-racist practices. These include learning how to make the ground more fertile for ongoing identity, healing, discussion, action, and imagination practices in ourselves and with each other.


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