Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in our Kids Niche Programs! These feature lessons, activities, and saunters from a different classroom each week.
Today’s Feature: Huckleberry Class Explores Different Holidays
In December, we have been learning about the many different holidays celebrated this season, as well as family traditions that are special to each of our students. Our students and teachers celebrate a variety of holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice. For Hanukkah, we read the book 'Latkes and Applesauce' and learned about the significance of the menorah for this holiday. We also made our own latkes, a type of potato pancake. Some of the kids have made these at home so it was great for them to have a personal connection to a lesson in our class.
We also learned about Kwanzaa and its significance in African American culture. While reading 'My First Kwanzaa', we practiced saying Swahili words and set out seven objects on a mkeka, or mat, to represent the seven symbols of Kwanzaa. And because the kids love their cooking projects, we will be whipping up a batch of Hoppin' Johns with black-eyed peas and rice to bring us good luck in the New Year.
The students decorated paper bag lanterns to light up the CFS sidewalks, and before the holiday break, we will be celebrating the Winter Solstice by making treats for our bird friends that overwinter in Montana. We are eager to continue our exploration of holidays and traditions throughout the school year.
Use books and recipes to expose students to a variety of holidays and traditions from around the world.
Discuss students' home traditions.
Demonstrate inclusivity by learning about all holiday celebrations in our lessons.