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Month of Valentine’s and International Awareness March 5, 2014

Filed under: News,Snapshots — dayspringmontessori @ 4:16 pm

It’s a month of celebration in many ways.  First off, we celebrate a day of love and care for others through expression of giving.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

With the goody bags each child has made, they all sit on the line to begin Valentine's Day party.

With the goody bags each child has made, they all sit on the line to begin Valentine’s Day party.

Beautiful drawings are done by the children for their goody bags.

Beautiful drawings are done by the children for their goody bags.

Singing songs and doing motions

Singing songs and doing motions

"We love you~"

“We love you~”

Many gifts have been prepared by children and parents the night before.

Many gifts have been prepared by children and parents the night before.

Passing out Valentine's Day gift

Passing out Valentine’s Day gifts

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And another special theme has surrounded our learning here at Dayspring.  Our children come from many different ethnic groups, and they share their culture and foods through presentations and our very special International food festival!

A presentation about Ukraine is given by a parent.

A presentation about Ukraine is given by a parent.

Afterwards, each child gets to decorate their own egg on paper!

Afterwards, each child gets to decorate their own Ukrainian egg called Pysanky on paper. Begin with the lightest colors white and yellow. Then, add a darker color on the egg. Keep coloring till the whole egg is full of color!

Here is a presentation of traditional Romanian clothing.

Here is a presentation of traditional Romanian clothing.

A Korean parent brings in traditional children's clothing. One child experiences wearing a "hanbok."

A Korean parent brings in traditional children’s clothing. One child experiences wearing a “hanbok.”

Other children try on hanbok as well!

Other children try on hanbok as well!

A Canadian parent brings a map to show different regions of Canada.

A Canadian parent brings a map to show different regions of Canada.

Children are trying on hats, too!

Children try on hats from Canada, too!

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And finally, we celebrate all of our cultures together at a potluck lunch, and we invite parents to join in on the fun! Let the International Food Festival begin!

Before having the potluck, our children enjoy watching and participating in a puppet show.

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Everyone, including the parents are mesmerized by the story of the show.

Everyone, including the parents are mesmerized by the story of the show.

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“Hello there!” says the puppet.

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Let's see what's in the bag!

Let’s see what’s in the bag!

With a lot of energy and excitement built up from the puppet show, both children and parents experience different cultures and history through eating various types of food.  We have families representing Canada, Ukraine, Norway, Russia, Poland, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, India, China, Korea, Mongolia, and the Philippines.

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Look at all these cookies and appetizers!

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Everything smells delicious.

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And after presenting each food and country, the feast begins!

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We hope our children are able to continue to embrace each other’s cultures and backgrounds by learning that every country brings a special element and meaning in this world. Through this, each child can be a vessel for peace and love for one another and the world.

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

– Maria Montessori

 

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