Two very special thank you’s go out to All Saints Ladies’ Philoptochos Society for the books that were donated for this program and Heather Leister for organizing the Holiday Around the World program at Wylandville Elementary. The Thursday before winter break the students of Wylandville Elementary got to learn about how five different countries from around the world celebrate the holiday season. Those five different countries that they “traveled to” in each classroom were; Mexico taught by Huffman and Bost, Israel taught by Rinehart and Sheppard, Australia taught by Chavez and Griffith, England taught by Surich and Tyree and Jordan taught by Erbrecht and Patton. There were even two special America stops in the Library/Art rooms and the café.
In each classroom they learned special facts about that country, read a book and created a craft. The books were donated by All Saints Ladies Philoptochos Society, as mentioned above. Wylandville PTO donated some of the special craft supplies and helped get some of the activities prep work done. In Jordan, for example, they learned about where it was located and interesting facts like when you were finished with coffee you were supposed to shake the cup to the left and right to signify that you were done otherwise they would keep refilling it. The craft that they took home from Jordan was two stars that they put together to create a three-dimensional star.
In Israel they also had a slideshow presentation that described special facts about the country like the flag, language and the celebration of Hanukkah. The craft that they took home was a dreidel that they could create with their pencil. They also learned how to play the dreidel game and played in their own groups.
Before they left each classroom they each received stickers in the passports that they made themselves (pictured).