Contribution by the Language department
Last week it was the national children’s book week in the Netherlands. During the Dutch lessons at ISD, we celebrated this event with a reading and a creative activity on Friday. The theme of the children’s book week was Dutch history. Therefore, we focused on a specific historical and touristic item from Delft, ‘Delfts Blue’.
First, the library of Delft, DOK, read the book “Delft Blue, A vase for the princess” by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert online. This book tells the story of a cat who smashed a Delft Blue vase and how the mice put it back together.
Subsequently, the students could decorate a Delft Blue tile themselves. The result was incredible. The students worked creatively and were unstoppable at the end of the lesson. Many of them came back after a quick lunch to finish their tile or decorate another one. We can proudly say that we had a successful day, with so many different cultures enthusiastically discovering a new culture. We hope to continue to work with DOK in the future because it is an inspirational place where reading is bringing together people.