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A Learning Experience in Eighty Days

Jun 27, 2018 • by John Paul II Center for Special Learning
At John Paul II Center

Adult Program will be using the book “Around the World in Eighty Days” as a guide to learning.

SHILLINGTON – Throughout the Summer, John Paul II Center’s (JPII) Adult Program will be going on a figurative journey “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Using the book (of the same title) as a field guide, individuals will be learning about maps, transportation, and various locations throughout the world.

Phyllis, one of the Adult Program’s Direct Service Workers and also JPII’s Art Therapist, explains how she came up with the idea to go “Around the World in Eighty Days”:

“Someone had given me a bunch of materials from Egypt and I thought, how can I make that into a relatable learning experience for our adults. I started thinking about books that incorporate Egypt and when I thought about Around the World in Eighty Days, it made sense because it doesn’t just cover one location that we can learn about, but rather a bunch of locations.”

Using the book as a guide, our Adult Program will take an in-depth look at things like navigation, maps, and different forms of transportation. Projects and activities include things like making passports, learning about Police officers (because of Detective Fix from the story), and learning how to navigate with a compass.

They will also get a look at the author (Jules Verne), some of the characters from the book, and their various occupations. For instance, Phileas Fogg is a very precise man in the story, so individuals will take a closer look at numbers and how they correlate with traveling. Another example includes Jean Passepartout, who held previous occupations such as acrobat and fireman. The inclusion of details in the story give the Adult Program the chance to learn about something they may not have thought of before.

The entire journey will actually last about eighty days, carrying our sessions through the summer.

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