We have started our Holidays Around the World lessons in social studies this past week. These lessons about how people in other countries celebrate this time of year teach the students that diversity is good, that it is ok that people do things differently, and that even those of us in the classroom have different traditions. It teaches the students about other countries and cultures, it teaches them about why we are celebrating and where many of our traditions started, and it teaches them about the global world. They get excited to learn about other countries and to see how far away those other countries are on the map. They get excited to celebrate Christmas in new ways. Last week, we started with Israel, and we learned a little about the Jewish faith. We learned that Jesus was Jewish and how many things the Jewish religion has in common with the Catholic religion. We also played the dreidel game and sang a Jewish song. Today, we are learning about how Italy celebrates Christmas. One of our Italian fathers made us a special Italian treat to share and we will watch a short video about Busy Befana. We will also write letters to our parents telling them how much we love them. That is an Italian tradition; instead of writing letters to Santa to ask for things, Italian children write letters to parents saying how much they love them. We will be "visiting" several other countries in the next two weeks. I encourage you to ask your first graders about this fun learning unit.
Hello! I am Stacey Biggins, the first grade teacher at St. Joseph School. I am so excited to be teaching first grade! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by e-mail or by sending a note with your child. I can also be reached at the school office by calling 717-632-0118. By working together, we will all have a blessed school year!
Mrs. Stacey Biggins
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Tuesday: Computer and Spanish