Today I introduced a "noun". We talked about how important nouns are to our stories and writing and then cut out lots of holiday words that were nouns. We also talked about how nouns are broken into three different categories: person, place or thing. We read and sorted together! You will see this tonight in their folders! Good activity to work on some fine motor skills!
We are starting Civil War on Sunday today. Since the Civil War is a huge historical event for our nation, I decided to spend on time teaching and sharing information about it. We talked A LOT about how we treat other people and civil rights. We read Henry's Freedom Box, talked about what slavery was and the Underground Railroad. It was quite daunting for them to hear and imagine. They were so upset that people would treat other people that way, and so we talked about how we are kind to people, no matter what they look like, how smart they are or where they are from. That respect and kindness go a long way. If there are any follow up conversations you want to have at home, great. I just wanted to let you know that we did talk about this today and the effect it had on many millions of people.
We have had so much fun traveling all over the world learning about other countries; their holiday traditions, language, food and games! Today we traveled to The Netherlands. It was fun to share some of my travel pictures and stories from my visit there and share with the kids! In the Netherlands, they leave out their shoes in hopes that Sinter Klauss will leave treats on his way through! We will find out tonight when we lay our shoes out for him!
Yesterday we learned about the Jewish holiday Hannukah. We traveled to Israel and Poland to visit. I traveled to Poland so I shared some of the things I saw, ate and did in Poland. They also go to see and hear Hebrew, and even practiced a few letter sounds! We learned about the story of the Judas Maccabeus, and how he led the fight against the Greeks. They made some great comparisons to the pilgrims during this discussion! I was impressed! They also learned about the oil burning for 8 nights, Menorah holds the candles and that they give gifts each night. We read Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat and Papa's Latkes. They listened to a fun song called: Candlelight-Hannkah which sings about the holiday to the tune of Dynamite (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJCSR4MuhU). We also watched a Seasme Street video that helped us learned how to play a popular game during Hanukkah, Dreidel. They had a blast playing. I bought M &M's to play with although it is customary to use or win gold coins!
Today we traveled to India (and the United States) to learn about Diwali. Students learned about the festival of lights with types of food, clothing and decorations during seen, heard, tasted during this holiday! Some students even shared about their own Diwali celebrations! It very much resembles Christmas here in the United States; feasts, gifts, gathering of friends and family and lights! I showed them some pretty pictures of lanterns and Rangoli outside homes in both India and the United States. They also had a chance to color their own Rangoli design!