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Kindergarten learns about holidays from around the world

Kindergarten learns about holidays from around the world

Kindergarteners have spent the month of December learning about different holidays around the world. As part of our social studies curriculum, we have studied different traditions and holidays, found these countries on the map, and looked at their flags. To end our study, we had a day of rotations, where our students visited each Kindergarten classroom to learn about a winter holiday.

When you are at your house, in your town, in your country, you think everybody celebrates the same things as you do and in the same way that you do. Christmas is a very special celebration for people; however, there are different traditions depending on the part of the world you are at. This year, in Ms. Ospina and Ms. Caro’s class, Kindergarteners learned that in Spain, kids do not know about Santa. Instead, they behave well and wait for the Three Wise Men on January 6th and go outside and receive their presents.

In Mrs. Livesey’s class, we learned about St. Lucia’s Day, a holiday in Sweden and Norway. On December 13th, in honor of St. Lucy, they have a festival of light that coincides with the Winter Solstice. Girls dressed in white dresses with red sashes, representing St. Lucy, walk through town singing songs, wearing a crown of candles, and hoping for light in the long winter days. Students made crowns with three candles to wear.

Mr. Snyder's class learned about the origin of Christmas trees - the tree itself and the decorations. They learned that before there were ornaments, trees were decorated with candy canes and cookies. Also, students decorated a tree.

In Ms. Dannemiller’s class, the students learned about Kwanzaa. This holiday begins on December 26th and ends on January 1st. It celebrates African culture and traditions. It is celebrated for seven days discussing one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa each day and lighting a candle on the Kinara. On the 7th day of Kwanzaa, families enjoy a dinner together and give each other handmade gifts.

In Mr. Hart's class we learned about Hanukkah and some of its traditions. We learned about the history of the holiday and played a game called dreidel. We also listened to a child speak in Hebrew as she lit the traditional Menorah.

Written by: Mark Greene
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 by Mark Greene

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