by Nicole Javier & Katrina Uytengsu
We have been travelling all around the world as we learn about the different celebrations of
our classmates in our new unit, "How We Express Ourselves." It is such a wonderful
experience to make our classroom come to life as we pretend to ride an airplane, present
our passport and be the immigration officer of the day.
We started our Inquiry into the different celebrations by identifying our home countries
and connecting them with our self-portraits. After which, we completed our "wonder wall"
by sharing what we were interested to learn about when it came to the different countries
around the world.
We learned about what it means to travel, talked about the places that we wanted to visit as
well as the important things we need to bring when we go from one place to another.
Through our travelling experiences, we remembered that one of the most important things
we need to always have with us while traveling to other countries is our passport. With this
recalled information, we of course made our very own class passport to make sure we can
visit all the home countries of our friends.
For our tuning in activity, we collected all the pictures that we saw around the classroom,
and we tried to sort and put together the pictures that we thought would go together. After
doing this, we realized that the pictures were about different celebrations. We said that the
word “celebration” means a day that is special, fun and exciting. This gave us the
opportunity to draw our favorite celebration and share this with our friends.
Our first stop was none other than, Germany! We rode the airplane ✈️ and had our
passports stamped 🛂by the immigration officer, so we can enter the country. Once we
arrived in Germany, we talked about the symbol, activities, food and clothes they wear
during the most celebrated Sankt Martin Tag! We enjoyed looking at the different lantern
🏮 designs and the delicious 😋 food that they eat.
We made our own version of the “Weckmann” which is a kind of bread that they eat in
Germany during the Sankt Martin celebration. We enjoyed kneading the dough, shaping it
and spreading the egg wash.
From Germany, our next stop was Türkiye. Yaman presented to us his celebration called
Republic Day. It is a public holiday in Türkiye, commemorating the proclamation of the
Republic of Türkiye, on October 29, 1923. He shared with us that during this celebration
people hang flags on their houses and buildings. They also have the torchlight procession
on the streets and wear their traditional clothes while dancing.
We made our Türkiye flags and our torch for the torch lighting parade.
Another celebration we learned about in Türkiye is Children's Day! We had so much fun
learning about this celebration with Ms. Pinar, Manilo's Mama 💗 Children's Day is a
celebration made especially for fun and exciting activities for children of all ages 🎉
‘Porche' is one of the food eaten during Children's Day. It is bread made with cheese and
parsley. We enjoyed eating this delicious delicacy! 🍞
We had fun playing with the red balloons which is one of the symbols of Children's Day 🎈
After each celebration, we made sure to record what we have learned in our "Celebrations
Next stop, we go back to the Philippines to celebrate Christmas! We can't wait to share this
with you in our next newsletter!