Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas singing

Christmas singing with Kristin

Singing with Ms. Kristin on Pajama Day

On Friday we celebrated Winter Solstice-the shortest day of the year. Wearing pajamas and drinking hot cocoa...does it get better than that? Well yes, if Ms.Kristin visits with her guitar and beautiful voice! Everyone enjoyed our Christmas sing-a-long!

super boys in pajamas

Extending our kindness to animals around the school 

Children strung cheerios to hang on our tree for birds to enjoy

Maybe even a squirrel will munch on this one

It will be a feast:)

Warming up with Hot Cocoa

Singing with Ms.Kristin!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Santa Lucia Celebration in Primary Classes

rolling Lusskats

Spinkle of Cinnamon

Trying on some Swedish Clogs

Oldest girl and boy serving treats

Saint Lucia's Day

Saint Lucia's Day is dedicated to Saint Lucy and is observed on the 13th of December in Sweden and Norway and other European countries and in the United States in communities with a large number of people of Scandinavian ancestry.

Oldest boy in class with light (traditionally candle) to represent hope.

A traditional kind of bun, Lussekatt ("St. Lucia Bun"), made with saffron, is normally eaten on this day. We made our own delicious Saffron buns.

The oldest girl in the class wore a white Swedish gown with a red sash and candle-wreath in her hair and along with oldest boy in class carrying light distributed sweets.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a wonderful Christmas tradition with origins in Spain, now celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala and parts of the Southwestern United States, recognizing Mary & Joseph's search for shelter for the birth of baby Jesus. To reenact children traveled to each of the classroom seeking this shelter. Finally the shelter was found in the Gathering Room and celebrated with Pinata, and as you can see below with some dancing as well!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gingerbread Playdough

Today we made some Gingerbread Playdough! Here is an easy recipe in case you have some spare time to make some during winter break.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbs cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 cup water
Whisk dry ingredients. Stir in wet and then cook on low until you reach playdough consistency(few minutes).
Turn onto parchment paper and knead until smooth. Recipe makes 2 cups.

Stir, stir, stir...

Knead well

Flatten and roll the dough

End result: Gingerbread Girls with Candy Canes