*Please note that all Show and Shares are scheduled for the week of December 11-15. If your child is unable to present during their scheduled time, please let me know and we'll find an earlier or later date. Thanks!
My Family’s Favourite Celebration & Our Traditions:
Over the past few months, we’ve been learning about some celebrations from a variety of communities and cultures as part of our Social Studies program. So far we’ve read books about and discussed:
During the coming weeks in our Language program, we’ll be learning about how to support our main ideas with interesting and supporting details. For example, birthdays may be a favourite family celebration, but HOW do you celebrate them, what are your traditions? Clarity and Coherence will be our focus, using the five W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why) to organize our thoughts.
Please help your child select a family CELEBRATION and draw conclusions about your TRADITIONS. Practice recounting it orally with the use of a simple visual aid, a photograph or a drawing.
As an extension, students can speak to family members to gather information and then connect their present-day celebration to celebrations from the past. Think about ways in which our heritage and traditions are passed on (e.g., stories, music, crafts, dance, food, recreation, clothing). For example, how have birthdays been celebrated over multiple generations in your family? Try to identify some of the main reasons for changes in these traditions.
Some ideas to spark discussion from the Social Studies Curriculum:
“How might technology affect the ways in which we celebrate some holidays?”
“What did you find out about the differences between traditions related to the Christmas now and in the past? What is still the same? Do you think the changes are good?”
“How did moving to a new country change the way your family celebrated some of its traditions?”
“When we visit my grandparents, they have a real Christmas tree. My grandma says that her parents put candles on their tree because they didn’t have electricity. At home we have an artificial tree with built-in lights. They are safer than candles.”
“Christmas has changed in some ways. Our tree and decorations are different in a lot of ways. But we still put up stockings and give presents. We eat the special dinner that my grandma makes. It’s the same as what her mother made. So a lot is the same too. It’s good that those things are the same. They make Christmas special.”
“My dad is from India. My mom is from Quebec. My dad buys special sweets for Diwali because he remembers eating them in India. My mom’s family didn’t do that.”
Our presenters and audience members will be focusing on:
As always, we are flexible about the date so if your child is away that day or needs more time to prepare they can present when they are ready.
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.