Our December Theme:
The Polar Express
All aboard! The Polar Express is stopping at the Kinder Works Station this year! It’s going to take us around the world, to see how the Winter Holidays are celebrated in other countries!
First stop: France! What are the children doing there at this time of year? Shoes wait in front of the fireplace to be filled with treats, candles are lighted in the windows of the city, and mmm… do you smell la Buche de Noel and la Galette des Rois baking?
…But we must get back aboard the train for our next destination: Russia! There, the big Winter celebration is the New Year. That’s when ‘Grandfather Frost’ brings presents to children. He is always accompanied by his Grand-daughter. On New Year’s Eve, children hold hands, make a circle around the Christmas tree and call for these visitors. When they appear, the star and other lights on the tree light up!
…Back on the train for America, we will learn about Hanukkah, a different festival of light celebrated by Jewish communities all over the world. Here at home, we’ll bring out the traditions of the elf on the shelf, carols, candy canes, Christmas trees, and more. Our own Kinder Works classmates can introduce us to multi-cultural traditions as they tell how they celebrate the holidays at home. Kinder Works celebrates with two annual traditions at this time of year: The Giving Tree, and Santa visits!
Our December calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!