The 5-7 Year Olds experience many celebrations throughout the school year. Some are traditional holidays that are celebrated in The United States of America. Some holidays and traditions come from our study of the countries and languages of the world. Frau Schad, our German teacher helps us celebrate the first day of school. On the first day of school in Germany, first grade age students are presented with a cone-shaped gift called a "Schultüte." We make a cone-shaped gift for all of our students in the 5-7 Year Olds Cluster. We learn traditional German songs about the first day of school and have fun celebrating the first day of school with our parents.
Another German tradition that we enjoy celebrating is "Lanternfest." On St. Martin's Day in Germany, families gather today to light up the night with homemade lanterns. We meet together at Capitol Park. The teachers help the students make or give the students lanterns to light up the night. We learn that night time can be beautiful as we celebrate with family and friends. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we did not get to celebrate with our families in the park, but Frau Schad provided a fun lantern craft for us in class. She taught us German songs and we got to walk together with our lanterns.