Sunday, October 27, 2013

Suesses oder Saures! Trick or Treat!

Suesses oder Saures!
This is the German version of Trick or Treat! When we first started teaching in Germany, Halloween was a holiday celebrated by only the Americans. Now our German friends decorate their homes with jack-o-lanterns, witches and ghosts. They even join us on base, dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating and visiting the haunted house sponsored by military members! 

Had to share this picture of scarecrows that my German friend made me for my classroom!


 This is a picture of my front porch bench. Our American Culture goes wherever we live!

This is a “Before and After” picture of last year’s Halloween Candy basket.  It’s slowly catching on but hopefully this wonderful part of our culture will become more widespread!
Tt is nice to be able to share this holiday with our German friends, but not all Americans celebrate Halloween and as fun as this special day can be, you may not be able to celebrate it in the classroom. Most young children are very aware of Halloween and the excitement of dressing up in a costume and going door-to-door collecting lots of Halloween treats.
So how do you handle this in the classroom? As classroom teachers we respect the different cultures and beliefs of our students and parents and try to find a happy medium. So instead of celebrating Halloween, we celebrate the story Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Children love hearing and talking about Max and the Wild Things! We spend the week talking about the book, the characters, real and pretend, vocabulary and acting like wild things during our Wild Thing Parade around the school wearing masks made by the children and wearing Bugles as our claws. The children love it!

Here are more pictures of Fall activities from this past week. 
Also started a Veterans Day project to share with the post office and grocery store.  It comes from a sell product.
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Have a fun and safe Halloween - I'm off to the states again so have a great week!


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