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Museum Classes for Rostov Schoolchildren

15.11.2016

The Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov gave classes in Rostov-on-Don for the students of school 96 “Evrika-Razvitiye” and of gymnasium 118. The program of the visiting classes was devoted to the life and work of the great Russian writer M.A.Sholokhov and the culture and traditions of the Don Cossacks.

The classes were intended for a wide audience, they were joined by school students of different age and preschool children of the kindergarten “Evrika-Razvitiye”.

The senior students took a lecture about the life and work of M.A.Sholokhov, the early works of the writer, the novel “And Quiet Flows the Don” and the prototypes of his heroes.

In the interactive class about the story “The Fate of a Man” by M.A.Sholokhov the students learned about the history of this work, the prototypes of his heroes and about its screen version. Remembering the events of the Great Patriotic War the children came to the conclusion about the importance of defending our Motherland and preserving peace on the earth. They learned how to pack a soldier’s duffel bag, to use a cloak tent, and then they wrote letters-triangles for peace and made their wishes tying bright ribbons on the globe model.

In the class of “Archaeological Finds in the Country of Vyoshenskaya” the seven-form students learned about the investigations on the Upper Don territory, carried out “archaeological excavations”, tried themselves as conservators and then went for a virtual “Walk about Sholokhov’s Sights”.

The five- and six-form children joined the museum classes “Making Ceramic Articles” and “Window Clothes”. During the interactive game “I Love My Horse” they made horse figures of wool, fabric and grass, and made a festive bow decorated with flowers and ribbons for a horse. In classes, the children learned to make a doll Petrushka, a windmill layout, to paint wooden spoons and clay miniatures, to crochet mats and make flower compositions of crepe paper and foamiran.

The youngest children were enthusiastic about sand art picturing an autumn forest, made a layout of a Cossack kuren (a house) of clay and an amulet doll of bast.

For the young Rostovites the museum classes were a bright journey into the world of Sholokhov and his personages, an interesting acquaintance with the history and culture of the Upper Don Cossacks.

Svetlana Usova