KB ushers in the holidays
Things began in earnest back at the end of November, right around the time that our American families and friends would be celebrating Thanksgiving. Even though many of the children in our class don’t traditionally celebrate this holiday, we all took the time to share some of the things that we are most thankful for in our lives. Many of the children were thankful for the family members and friends that are there to love and support them.
To honor these family members, the two KG classes hosted our first ever Being Thankful Brunch. The brunch gave all the students the chance to say a big, heartfelt thank you to all the moms and dads who turned out for the event. It also gave us the chance to enjoy a variety of celebratory foods from around the world, from the classic American cupcake to German sausages and pretzels. A fun time was had by all in attendance.
As we moved into December, the focus shifted to the holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas. One of our KA moms, Orit Lantner-Shani, paid us a visit to speak to the children about the traditions of Hanukkah. They learned how to play the dreidel game and enjoyed some latkes. We also talked about a number of Christmas traditions from around the globe, including the story of La Befana, the Italian Christmas witch. After Santa Claus (or, as he’s known in Italian, Babbo Natale) drops off his presents for Christmas morning, La Befana makes her appearance on January 6th. She, too, rewards the children who’ve been good by leaving behind gifts. But, bad children beware, as she’s known to leave lumps of coal!
Our Christmas-themed reading activities focused on the legendary gingerbread man. As we read each story (The Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Girl, and The Gingerbread Cowboy), the children anxiously awaited the fate of our gingerbread friends. Would the fox eat them up? Or would they cleverly outwit him?
We ended our holiday celebrations by joining together with Ms. B’s class to watch the Christmas classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. While watching, we all sipped on some yummy hot chocolate and dreamed fondly of the presents we’d all soon be opening.
From everyone in KG, happy holidays!!! And a very happy new year to you!!!
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