With December coming to an end, it seems we all had the same mindset this week. Holidays, traditions, family time, and last but not least winter break! We honed in on the major holidays by learning about the traditional customs and popular symbols that come with them. No matter what holiday or custom you may celebrate, we all agreed that a celebration was in order for the anticipated winter solstice! Take a look at the pictures from our joyous winter celebration full of song, cheer, and gingerbread architecture!
Each day in circle time we discussed different aspects of the holidays. Our library selection definitely helped reinforce our understanding of the wonderful and meaningful traditions in our lives. In the beginning it was a challenge to distinguish the Kwanzaa kinara from the Chanukkah menorah. We went in depth to spot differences in the symbols and even used our bodies to form them!
One of our favorite things is to use elements from nature to create works of art. We discussed the symbol of the evergreen tree and how it is present during the holiday of Christmas, usually adorned with sightly and sentimental ornaments. We decided to take the craft literally and made pine trees using pine needles! It was such a unique way to carry out this project, not to mention it smelled sensational!
What's learning without games to put our minds to the test? The game of dreidel proved to be a fun, educational, and cultural experience in the classroom. After spending some time examining the spinning top and the meaning behind each of the Hebrew letters, we were ready to play! We used some Chanukkah gelt for the middle pot but added in some pom poms for added numerical values. Everyone got the gist of the game so quickly. Half the fun was getting it to spin, the other was of course "Gimmel" which means take it all!
Wishing our Ladybug Family and all of our loved ones a happy holiday and joyous New Year. I cannot describe how special the 2016 school year was to me and I'm so excited to see what 2017 will bring! Thank you all for making Ladybug Preschool's first semester such a success. Enjoy the time with your family and friends, see you all next year!