This week we broadened our horizons and learned about a celebration from a different culture. November 27th marked the beginning of Hanukkah so we decided to share this holiday with the children. Early in the week we introduced Hanukkah to the children by telling them it was a holiday celebrated by some families during the winter months. We explained that it is a time to celebrate friends and family and to give small gifts to brighten our friends days. We also discussed the tradition of lighting a candle for each day of Hanukkah. The children decorated 8 glass jars to represent the 8 days of Hanukkah. As a class we will “lit” a flickering candle during morning meeting for each of the 8 days. Each morning the children will draw a name of one of their classmates and then draw a picture or make a small craft to give to their friend.