Saturday, December 17, 2011

Holidays Around the World Continued

This week we concluded our study of holiday customs around the world by first visiting Australia.  We learned that it is summertime in Australia now, so they celebrate Christmas by going to the beach and having picnics.  They also gather in community parks to sing Christmas carols by candlelight.  In writing, we wrote about what we would do if we were in Australia for Christmas.  We came up with a lot of fun ideas!  This student said she would go surfing with Santa!  

We also learned about Hanukkah this week.  Ayla's mom was kind enough to come and talk to us about the holiday.  

We learned about why and how Hanukkah is celebrated.  She brought in a little menorah and showed us how a candle is lit each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.  

She also taught us how to play the dreidel game!  We had a lot of fun!  Thanks so much for coming in and doing that for us!  

The next day, we read a story about an ugly menorah that turned out to be very special and we made our own menorahs.  They turned out beautifully!  

We ended our week learning about the United State's Christmas traditions.  More to come on that in a later post!  Have a great weekend!  

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