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"I am a special education
teacher in an emotional support classroom (grades 4 and 6) in Pennsylvania.
We are starting a unit on Africa and I luckily came upon your fantastic site.
Many, many thanks!"
"I just wanted you to know that I am using some of your
ideas from your wonderful web site in a proposal that we are writing in partnership
with the Snite Museum at Notre Dame."
"I also want to thank
you for putting together the links to pen pals from Africa as well. Your
web site is outstanding and I thank you for sharing such great information."
"How may I thank you, let
me count the ways!!!! Nope too many -- You are incredible ...
At first I was afraid it would be too elementary for my average high school kids
-- but I know it is adaptable and it is wonderful. You are brilliant
and your year must have been fascinating. I will be using
your material to rejuvenate the class -- thank you."
"Thank you so much for putting so much
work into your African site. I was searching for information to help me
with the African unit I am planning with third grade. I was going to teach
a storytelling unit based on Anansi stories, and was searching for facts and teaching
ideas. Your site is a gold mine for us. It will be our first student
excursion on the Internet, as well, so we're doubly grateful for your site."
I have never realy done this before so i dont know alot. I love
the webpage deep in the woods where people rarly go its cool coul you please respond
an after school computer lab
site! I can't wait to use it. Most of my students are of African American
descent. The folk tales will be so exciting for them. I will be letting
them explore the site often! Thanks."
work with an after school computer club for elementary age students in my school
and expect to be visiting your site often. This is a great way to allow
our children to learn the history that is so valuable in their lives. Thank
"Our 6th graders ... have been doing a
6-week African unit for the past 10 years. I am thrilled to see what you've
done on your web page since I seldom would take the time to input anything there.
Interestingly, what you've chosen to do and what we do are very similar."
we tried with the fables was to have the kids write their own, like you do. Then
they developed their fables into a presentation by drawing each character and
attaching them to Popsicle sticks. Using a box or paper sack for the scenery
(different sides could be different backgrounds), the kids became the stick characters'
voices. After presenting to our class, they signed up to take their show
to other classrooms. This still allows the practice in front of an audience,
but eliminates the time for a play which, I agree, does take forever."
Friends of Liberia
"Thanks for your effort. It's
so much fun. I wish Liberian teachers could see what a resource you found
in the local tales."
to congratulate and thank you for creating an excellent African site. I
spent the whole afternoon browsing through and printing the folktales and lessons.
I get very excited and motivated to teach when I find things like this and it
helps me to generate other ideas to use in the classroom."
"Wow! You must not have a
life, to be producing such great Web sites! Way to go, Phillip! Looks