DuBOIS – As Orthodox Christmas draws near on Friday, January 7, students in second grade classes at Kassandra Loudon and Linda Schalk reflected on how they recently traveled the world to learn how Sweden, the Mexico, France, Italy and Germany celebrate Christmas.
From Saint Lucia buns to tasting Italian panettone, baking gingerbread and tasting French chocolates, students immersed themselves in the different cultures. The students ended their trip around the world by learning about Israel, the birthplace of Jesus.
“Year two was ready to travel the world this holiday season. It was a unique experience that brought the entire world of holiday cheer under one roof at DCC. The children all started with their suitcases and passports. They learned so much and they loved the different dishes and desserts that came with each country. During the day you would hear the children saying “Merry Christmas” in different languages. I enjoyed it as much as they did. We hope to make it an annual tradition, ”said Schalk.
Grade 2 student Kendra Mitchell echoed her teacher, Miss Schalk, saying, “It was the best week ever! I learned so much and really loved the gingerbread cookies and the crafts we made for each country.
Other second graders Gemma Larkin and Hadley Sweet added that the best part of the week was tasting all the dishes from each country and learning to say “Merry Christmas” in each language.
After making gingerbread, the students practiced their reading and writing skills by filling their suitcases with cards, resources, stamped passports and writing postcards to send “home” to tell the story. their adventures this holiday season.
“The most important thing to take away was seeing students connect with diverse cultures and traditions around the world over Christmas time while strengthening their writing and literacy skills,” Loudon said. “This unit creates great anticipation for Christmas and the holiday season. The excitement of the children, as we set off to all countries, was simply contagious!