DECEMBER CULTURAL EXPERIENCE THEME: Holiday/Different Belief Systems
Fri, Dec 1
Classrooms
Ms. Ersi, one of Breakthrough's afternoon assistants is coordinating the December monthly focus activity. She is providing a variety of books about religious tolerance and winter holidays for guides to read in their classrooms.  The list of books is posted below.
 
PARENTS COME SHARE!
Parents who are interested in preparing a 15 minute, in-class presentation about an aspect of their particular religion (e.g a religious symbol, holiday song, or nut-free treat) may contact their child's guide to arrange a time and date between December 1st and 14th. If you have an questions, please contact Ms. Ersi / ersi@breakthroughmontessori.org
 

What is God? ...is an eloquent introduction to the ideas behind God and religion, and brings forward complex ideas in a way children will understand. It is written with a simple clarity and beautifully illustrated with just the right blend of seriousness and humor.

Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World Christians, Jews, and Muslims all pray. So do Hindus and Buddhists. Many others pray too.” So begins Everyone Prays, a bright and colorful concept book celebrating the diverse ways that people pray. In a vibrant yet accessible manner, young readers are transported on a visual tour across the globe. They will discover the Native American sun dance ceremony, visit the sacred sites in Jerusalem, behold the Shinto shrines in Japan, watch Maasai dances in Kenya, see pilgrimages to the river Ganges in India, and much, much more.

There Are Seven Houses on My Street: A Child's View on Religions A little boy explains seven different religions or philosophies practiced by the children on his street. The main character, Ron, has a father who is agnostic. Other houses on the street include Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Islam, and New Thought.

 

What is Christmas? Michelle Medlock Adams' warm, humorous text lists all of the things that Christmas might be about, only to conclude that it is truly about celebrating the birth of Jesus...

 

The Night Before Hanukkah It's the night before the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah begins, and everyone is excited! Each evening, the family gathers to light the candles and share holiday traditions such as playing dreidel, eating latkes, and exchanging gifts.

 

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story ...an original folktale that will help introduce children to the holiday's seven principles, while also suggesting how Kente cloth was first created. 

 

Buddha Stories ...ten of the most engaging classic tales from the Buddha's works. Compiled and illustrated by Demi, this wonderful collection of stories is sure to draw young readers into the ancient teachings of the Buddha, teachings that are as relevant today as they were over two thousand years ago.