Celebrating LightPosted by Faith Barbuto
For Kindergarteners at The Unquowa School, December means a whole month of festivals, crafts and exploring cultural diversity! As well as practicing for our very own school Winter Festival, we explored how people all around the world celebrate light during the darkest months of the year. While studying the holiday of Diwali, we made rangoli decorations to bring good fortune and danced to music from India. We learned the story of the first Hanukkah and created colorful menorahs using washi tape! Although most of us were quite familiar with American Christmas customs, we uncovered very diverse celebrations from other countries. We studied Saint Lucia Day and made adorable Tomten elves to help spread the spirit! We read about Kwanzaa, learning the six guiding principles and painting kinaras with candles to represent each one. Finally, we learned about festivals to mark the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and in some ways the welcoming of longer days ahead. Wassailing, anyone?
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