• Iris Windsor

Investigating Cultural Housing: The Igloo

Learning about cultures and traditions helps children to build a sense of identity and knowledge of their own and other cultures and ways of living in the world around them. Talking about different cultures, languages, and family situations can help them build respect for the beliefs and traditions of others when they are so different from their own and what they know.

Last week the children began to explore houses in culture. They, first of all, looked at igloos. They discovered that an igloo is a shelter or house where people stay warm and dry in very icy climates. An igloo often takes the shape of a dome. It is made from blocks of snow so that the air pockets trapped in them make it an insulator. Outside the temperature may be as low as -45C but inside, it can range from -7C to 16C warmed only by the body heat of the Eskimos who live there.

Some of our children chose to build their own igloos. Considering engineering and design while using imagination, creativity, and collaboration and by allowing their inventive and investigative minds to take over, they began building.

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