Magic Carpet Ride
Music, Dance & Culture of the Middle East
Grades 3 – 5
"You get to move!"
Watch this testimonials video to hear what a 4th grade class in public school in West Virginia thinks of Magic Carpet Ride Virtual Arts Residency.
See the students in action as they do the course, and listen to the teacher's and the students' perspectives of doing this unique non-zoom virtual school program.
"It eased my workload." —Summer McClintock, 4th grade teacher
"I would definitely, without hesitation, recommend this program to students and teachers all over the world." —Summer McClintock, 4th grade teacher, WV
"The kids had a blast! I would recommend this program for all children." —Leslie Milbourne, Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center, WV
Active learning transforms the foreign to the familiar.
Magic Carpet Ride is an arts integration program in music, dance, and culture of the Middle East for students in grades 3 through 5.
In the interactive learning sessions and worksheet lessons, children find common ground in the fun of learning new ways to communicate—in music and math, in dance and movement, in geography and Arabic language.
Watch this preview video to see how the virtual program works. It's modeled on our live 2-day residency program in schools.
"One of the best things that you do is gradual steps. It's wonderful the way you teach. You listen to the students as you teach. That's one of the most important things a teacher needs to do, and you do it superbly well."
—David J. Gonzol, PhD, Director of Music Education, Shepherd University
We include multiple disciplines in the integrated, project-based learning.
Mention Aladdin and his magic lamp, and most kids hurrah. Yet, despite Arabic being a Department of State top 5 critical language, and our communities—both local and virtual—becoming multicultural, most kids know little of the Middle East.
Magic Carpet Ride helps kids to fit together the puzzle pieces of learning about the Middle East and how it relates to their own lives. With our interactive lessons, paper-and-pen exercises, and physical activities, students integrate:
"This program was wonderful...The program was excellent and connected to what we were studying at the time. The students were engaged and had the opportunity to learn about another culture." —Summer McClintock, 4th grade teacher, WV
Kids move and dance
as they work through the course.
Overcoming a big challenge in education today—preparing kids academically and getting them active physically—defines Magic Carpet Ride.
A major part of the course is learning the Levantine, or Eastern Mediterranean, folk dance called the Debke. It's a social dance that easily adapts to learning independently at home (for remote learners or homeschools) or with a group in a classroom—either in the live or the virtual program.
Because students learn the dance to live traditional drumming in the program, they are simultaneously connecting math concepts with rhythmic skills, locomotor skills, body management, and movement patterns as they learn each dance step.
"It's really exciting to see all those kids dancing and learning new steps and stepping into the unknown." —Anne Beckley, Executive Director, Morgan Arts Council
Even the most antsy kids
Students of this age are naturally energetic, and especially now, they have seemingly infinite possibilities for distractions. With that in mind, we've crafted Magic Carpet Ride's lessons to be a series of short, interactive lessons to keep even the restless student engaged.
In the live program, we move right along from one activity to the next, constantly keeping the students thinking, moving, discovering.
In the virtual program, there is no old-fashioned "voice-over," no memorized script, and none of the shortcomings of zoom-style sessions. Each of Magic Carpet Ride's video lessons is professionally produced with superior quality audio and cinematography. In each video, we address the student directly and leave time for him/her to answer our questions and do what we're learning, as if we're right there in person.
"I liked learning the words and what they meant. I forgot that Debke meant stomp! I liked listening to Beledi, or country, that Bob played while I danced to it."
—School Student, Berkeley Springs, WV
Learning that gets
kids moving. They'll learn to:
Speak Arabic words
Do an Arabic written activity
"Act out a map" of geography
Do a written map activity
Learn the fundamentals of beat, rhythm, and Middle Eastern percussion
Chant and clap the beat and Middle Eastern rhythm Beledi
Learn 3 Debke folk dance steps
Coordinate the Debke steps with live Middle Eastern drumming
Perform a Debke choreographed dance
Create a chart of beat, rhythm, debke dance steps
Create a Magic Carpet Ride booklet
"The love you have for people came across clearly...in how you teach the children.
How beautifully you work with them to show them acceptance of others." —Julie W., homeschool mom
Choose live or virtual program
Virtual Program - simply follow the Suggested Online Course Schedule and tailor it for a 2-day, week-long, or even a month-long plan. Watch the video above for more detail.
Live Program - simply plan for us to come to your classroom for an hour-long session before lunch and and hour-long session after lunch on two consecutive days.
CLICK HERE FOR PDF of the live residency guide.
"At first, I was a bit nervous. And then I was happy. And then I was excited to do more." —Lilly, 4th grade student
It's easy to do the virtual program.
We have organized the program in learning sessions so you can tailor the schedule to fit your learning goals, academic calendar, and the pace of your students. To help you stay on track, we've created a printable suggested schedule with check boxes to keep track of progress.
And, in case a printer is not available, we've included an end screen on each video with what to do next, step by step, and we show how to do the written activities without a printer.
Live Program Pricing
Public, Private, Pods & Micro Schools Options
ONE class, up to 30 students
2 hour-long sessions per day with a lunch break between sessions
2 consecutive days (for 4 hours total program time)
2 guides—Jensuya & Bob
Live drumming and rhythm, dance, language, geography activities
All program materials
Virtual Program Pricing
Public, Private, Pods & Micro Schools Options
ONE class, up to 30 students, 1 month access, $395
TWO classes, up to 60 students, 1 month access, $649
THREE classes, up to 90 students, 3 months access, $695
Homeschool family, up to 4 children, 1 month access, $95
How it Works
When you click to enroll your students, you will be linked to the Magic Carpet Ride page at our online school. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will select and pay for your option.