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A royal visit

Grinding sugar cane.

Grinding sugar cane.

There is non-stop activity at the Eden Lodge Nursery School and the young students there are seeing that learning is fun.

For the entire term the little ones there are focussing on festivals in Barbados, particularly the Holetown, Crop-Over and the Oistins Festivals.

Teacher there, Shelly Leacock told Barbados TODAY they were at the stage of sensitizing the children about music and as well as educating them about things Barbadian they felt it necessary the young ones be taught the rational behind the festivals. So, for example, in recognition of the Crop-Over Festival, they engaged in sugar cane grinding. While they were unable to tour an actual sugar cane plantation because of their ages with the help of† a friend to the school, Mr. Hinds who owns a sugar cane grinder, a “sugar factory” was brought to them.

The three and four-year-olds were very much hands on; they fed the machine with cane, took turns grinding it and after all the hard work sampled their efforts, with many proclaiming how sweet the juice was.

On Tuesday there was more excitement, they were paid a visit by the acclaimed Royal Barbados Police Force band. The toddlers danced and sang along to the music they played and was given a lessons in musical instruments. Leacock said the children were thoroughly excited and inquisitive about the opportunity to learn but the officers too were equally impressed by the tots’ demonstration in dance to their theme song I Am A Bajan by Rupee.

The activities began in February with an excursion to Holetown for the Holetown Festival. There they met craft people and learned about the work which goes into creating pieces. In addition they studied about the first settlers to the island and other information related to Holetown.

Later in the term the youngsters will head to the south to learn about the Oistins Festival. (KC)

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