How do we Celebrate Christmas Around the World: Traditions, Crafts, Recipes

Check out this great article showcasing the different ways people from all over the world celebrate this holiday season!

Article Credit, Kid World Citizen: http://kidworldcitizen.org/2014/11/26/christmas-around-world/

Christmas Around the World- Kid World Citizen
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Christmas in Australia- Kid World Citizen
Christmas in Canada
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Christmas in China

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Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali!

Celebrating the “Festival of Lights” in style by decorating lamps and making Rangolis in our primary community.

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For a brief look into the history of Diwali, I would invite you to explore the links provided below:

HBMH Summer Camp: Music

Children are born to sing and dance!

This week’s summer camp theme is “music and movement”. All week long, our primary friends learned about rhythm, rhyme and melody while experimenting with several different musical instruments: rhythm sticks, tambourines, cymbals, triangles, drums, rain sticks, bells, and so much more. Each music and movement lesson included cultural aspects, geography, seasons, animals or feelings, giving our students a healthy foundation for music appreciation. Below are a few photos taken from our primary community, showing the different musical works that we enjoyed this week.

Photo 1_tambourinePhoto 4_floor rugEach work was presented with nomenclature cards, including the written name of the object, and matching photo. The room was filled with music all week as the children experimented with their new works!
Photo 2_music shelfOur “music and movement” shelf included individual baskets containing different instruments. Drum-making crafts and tracing were also a favorite this week!Photo 5_TrianglePhoto 6_CymbalsPhoto 3_xylophonePersonalized miniature Popsicle sticks so our friends could take and practice at home!

Stay tuned for more updates from our exciting summer camp adventures!

Learn about the benefits of music in Montessori!
http://www.blog.montessoriforeveryone.com/music-in-montessori-1-what-are-the-benefits.html

Diwali Celebration

Our primary community celebrated Diwali today, India’s “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is celebrated in many different ways, depending on where one lives. This festival marks the last harvest of the year before winter, and also represents the victory of good over evil.

In our community, we celebrate the Festival of Lights. There is no religious affiliation to the celebration, however we do embrace the culture and historical importance of the holiday itself. Many of our families celebrate this holiday in their homes, in their own personal way. The children read books and look at pictures of the Festival of Lights, light candles, and often times make a symbolic Rangoli, which is a type of folk art from India made of sand, flower petals, etc., and is produced on the floor.

"Diwali works" were added to our art shelf to help celebrate the occasion.

“Diwali works” were added to our art shelf to help celebrate the occasion.

One of our friends brought hand-made candles with a special note to share with all our friends - thank you!

One of our friends brought hand-made candles with a special note to share with all our friends – thank you!

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Ms. Geetha shows everyone how to make their own Rangoli.

Ms. Geetha shows everyone how to make their own Rangoli.

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"Lamp Tracing" was available at the light box. Children could trace and color or paint their new art.

“Lamp Tracing” was available at the light box. Children could trace and color or paint their new art.

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We lit candles around the rangoli to commemorate the "Festival of Lights".

We lit candles around the rangoli to commemorate the “Festival of Lights”.

For a brief look into the history of Diwali, I would invite you to explore the links provided below: