Finding similarities and differences when reading fairy tales from around the world hones kids’ critical thinking skills, and helps them to focus on the details. Even the Common Core Standards includes this in one of their “Reading Literature” standards:
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures (RL.2.9.).
There are many reasons to read fairy tales to children- especially because they’re whimsical, creative, and fun! Today we’re looking at Gingerbread stories. Continue reading
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Christmas is a Christian holiday that is celebrated by billions of people around the world. While hundreds of countries celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, each country has it’s own customs, symbols, typical food, traditions, and songs, related to the holiday. Did you know that the “yule log” came from Norway? Or that the 30+ feet tall spruce Christmas trees in Washington DC, Trafalgar Square, London, and Edinburgh, Scotland are gifts from Norway? Christmas in Norway (“Julaften”) is a beautiful time of year, when trees are decorated with candles (or white lights), strings of Norwegian flags, woven heart decorations and bundled straw ornaments. A Christmas elf- Julenissen- brings presents to the children, and families and friends hold hands singing Norwegian Christmas carols around the Christmas tree before opening the gifts. Let’s learn more about how julaften is celebrated in Norway, and make an easy Norwegian Christmas craft. Continue reading