Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Notable Dates in History

February 1st, 2019

February blog – Mrs. Smith’s Elementary Class

 

Notable Dates In History

We’re in for a full month of learning and we just can’t wait to get started, as February brings several holidays, celebrations and notable dates in history.

The first day of February is ”National Freedom Day,” when the first meeting of the U.S. Supreme Court was held. February 2nd is “Ground Hog Day.”  If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, that means we are in for six more weeks of Winter.  If Phil does not see his shadow, we will have an early Spring.

Several important people were born in the month of February: Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor; Rosa Parks, a woman who was arrested and fined for not giving up her seat on the bus to a white passenger; author Charles Dickens, who once mentioned that memories from his childhood helped him create his fictional stories; Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was against slavery and believed that all people should be free; George Washington, our first President of the United States.

Holiday Celebrations (December Blog)

December 3rd, 2018

 December Blog – Mrs. Smith

Christmas to many, is the greatest festival of the year! The world seems to take on a magic glow, people seem merrier and even winter somehow feels cozy.Whether you’re celebrating a religious festival, like Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, you’re sure to have your own selection of rituals or customs that make the holiday season so special.While students may know about some of these celebrations, there are several holiday traditions around the world that they may not be aware of. Following are just a few:

*Giant Lantern Festival in the Philippines

*Kentucky Fried Christmas Dinner in Japan

*Yule Lads (troll-like characters) in Iceland that visit children the 13 days leading up to Christmas

*St. Nicholas’ Day in Germany

*In Norway, people hide their brooms on Christmas Eve

*In Venezuela, the residents roller skate to church on Christmas Eve

This month, we will take a virtual trip around the globe, and learn about these interesting traditions and those of other countries as well! We hope that you and your families have a wonderful holiday and wish you all of the beauty & joy that this magical season brings.

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Traditions

November 23rd, 2017

 The upcoming months bring excitement for children and adults alike, for it is the season of traditions and holidays. A great way to encourage understanding in children and to help them connect with the world around them is to promote “universality” of beliefs and traditions. Many festivals, traditions and holidays have parallels elsewhere. Thanksgiving can be compared to many Harvest Festivals throughout Europe and to the Indian festival known as Diwali.

In America, we remember the first Thanksgiving Meal that took place between the Native Americans and the arriving Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth Rock in modern Massachusetts. Many towns and cities will have a Thanksgiving Day Parade and mark it as the opening of the festive season that will lead us all the way to Christmas.

We teach the history of the first Thanksgiving through reading, creating maps and timelines. These are all activities you can also do at home. This is also an excellent opportunity to also explore and understand the meaning behind this traditional holiday as we share stories and experiences within our own families. Consider discussing:

  • When and where did your family immigrate from?

  • What family traditions do you continue to practice?

  • Do you have religious or faith-based beliefs that tie into this holiday?

  • What other holidays are you aware of that friends and neighbors celebrate that reflect the thanksgiving spirit?

Being intentional to set aside time from the hustle and bustle of the festivities to help your child connect to the holiday in a meaningful and personal way, will not only make the season educational, but create long-lasting memories as well.

 

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