Thursday, December 22, 2011

Celebrate/Recognize Hanukkah

Christmas isn't the only holiday currently being celebrated... the celebration of Hanukkah began on December 20 - share the celebration with your children!

Howland, Naomi.
Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story (It's a Book! It's a Card!).
October 2011.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Children will learn the very basics about the Hanukkah celebration in this Send a Story, Share a Story. The story is of interesting nature and will likely capture the attention of children easily and the note provided at the back of the book allows children to gain a better understanding of the celebration of lights and the symbols representative of it - the latkes, the dreidel and the menorah.

This book is a wonderful, inexpensive way to help children understand that different cultures celebrate different ways than their own and can help them gain an appreciation for these cultural differences.

Cohen, Deborah Bodin.
Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap.
September 2011.
Lerner Publishing Group.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Another wonderful Hanukkah story is shared with children here. Each of the symbols discussed above is also referenced in this book, in more detail than in Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat. There are also additional symbols mentioned. Being that the book is a bit more detailed, it would likely be most appropriate for older children (ages 8-12), or younger, if children are showing an interest!

Reading Activity:
  • Spend a day during your child's holiday break learning about the festival of lights (Hanukkah). There are crafts, recipes and activities that can be explored to gain an understanding of this cultural celebration!

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style='clear: both;' Busy Bees said...

Just found your blog...I always feel like I learn so much each year when I teach these different holidays. Hopefully you had a merry Christmas!