PROVO, UT – Edgemont Elementary is a unique school that combines dual immersion in the French language with a STEAM curriculum.
For those that aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. With the dual immersion program, students receive lessons in French for half the day.
Yvonne Baraketse, an Edgemont teacher from Rwanda, brought a local group she started called Ngoma Y’Africa to the school. She said this cultural experience proves how good these programs are for children.
“The learning target was to make a drum with a high or low sound. Now, how can you make this visible if you don’t incorporate some art and some culture into that? It’s impossible,” Baraketse said.
The group performs traditional African dances and drum playing. Students received rhythm and pitch lessons from the group. Half of this lesson was taught in french. The students even made their own drums.
Edgemont’s principal said he hopes these programs and experiences can help parents see they do not need to look far for a high quality education.
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