Monday, December 8, 2008

Its Time for Hanukkah....

Today we continued our celebration of Christmas around the world by studying the Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah. Hanukkah (the festival of lights) is a celebration of when Judah and his men defeated the Syrians and reclaimed their temple after a fighting for three long years. Once the Jewish soldiers reclaimed their temple they relit the Lamp of Eternal Light. They had only enough oil for one day and it would take eight days to get more oil. Incredibly, the oil lasted for eight days!

Today we spent the day studying the story of Hanukkah and reading the book Hershel and Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel. Throughout this week we will be studying Hanukkah and participating in traditions by playing games, eating traditional food, lighting the Menorah, and making Dreidls.
....Also Mrs. Drake's Class is studying The 12 Days of Christmas and Mrs. Hamm's Class is studying The Red Ranger Came Calling.

Mr. McClung

3 comments:

Wm Chamberlain said...

As a person with Jewish heritage, I love the fact you teach students cultures and customs from around the world.

jkmcclung said...

Absolutely, and the students love it. The kids are really excited about doing this Hanukkah study along with other cultures.

tamakitoday said...

My sister in law is Jewish, and I didn't know the story so that's really helpful. Great to see this blog starting to take off and its interesting to watch it blossom...