Fourth graders in Julie Gordon’s class at Loves Park Elementary experienced some cultural fun during their class’s December to Remember! Mrs. Gordon was sharing about her family’s December to Remember tradition with her students, and to her surprise, they were begging her to do a school version with them. With the help of her classroom facilitator, Mrs. Leich, they planned an activity and lesson for each day of the three weeks in December leading up to winter break.
What does December to Remember entail? According to Mrs. Gordon, “December to Remember is a series of daily activities meant to boost class relationships and to have fun. Students learn about how various cultures celebrate holidays such as Jewish Hannukah, Icelandic Yule Lads, Kwanzaa, and various other cultures. It is a daily time for learning and fun.”
Some activities the students got to participate in included: making Kwanzaa bracelets, Marshmallow Flick, Put the Nose on Rudolph, and the Dreidel Game. The Dreidel Game, Snowball Wreath Toss (with cotton balls), and Christmas Ornament Bocce were the top reported student favorites! December to Remember was an excellent way to celebrate and learn about other cultures while building class rapport and making learning fun and meaningful!