Saturday, October 25, 2014

El Dia de los Muertos

El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead!  Here’s an American blogging from Germany about a Mexican cultural tradition.  With Halloween right before, I decided to honor this holiday that is so worldly celebrated, however, not much is known about it.  Many of the children in our schools have created beautiful art work about it too!   El Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that focuses on families and friends gathering to pray for and remember those loved ones who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include: building private altars to honor the deceased, making their favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

A common symbol of the holiday is the skull, which is also known in Spanish as a calavera. Sugar skulls are gifts that can be given to both to the living and the dead. Other holiday foods include “Pan de Muerto”, a sweet egg bread made in many shapes from round shapes to skulls, often decorated with white frosting to look like twisted bones.
 The celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day is celebrated in many countries and cultures around the world, each with its unique traditions. How does your country celebrate it?



Video of Children’s art work: 

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Picstitch collages:


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kurbis Fest Time!

400,000? That’s a Lot of Pumpkins!

Do you know where the World’s Largest Pumpkin Fest is held?? In Germany! More than 400,000 different types of pumpkins are brought in and arranged into a variety of sculptures depending on the theme for the year. This year, the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival has a sports theme. The pumpkins are arranged and displayed as athletes participating in different sport events from swimming to boxing.

The festival also has pumpkin boat races (Yes they race in hollowed out pumpkins!), the heaviest pumpkin competition and plenty of pumpkin foods to eat and drink. Pumpkin popcorn, pumpkin wine, pumpkin hamburgers (I don’t know about that!) and lots of other pumpkin flavored goodies. So if you are in the market for pumpkins and are unable to make a trip to Ludwigsburg, Germany, there are many other pumpkin fests in the local area.  For example, Hitscherhof, Germany is just around the corner from us.  Below are some pictures of the smaller fest.  If you can't make it to Germany, try some of these pumpkin ideas to create a pumpkin festival in your classroom!

Pumpkin Books :

 Pixie Pics :

Pumpkin Videos:

the little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything

Little Bird Tale:  How to Make a Jack –o- lantern





Pumpkin Activities:

                              Pumpkin Life Cycle
Math - Which is bigger?
Pumpkin Poetry
Picture of Pumpkin Farm
Pumpkin Writing
More Pumpkin Activities    


Random Pics of my Saturday Drives:



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Stop, Drop and Roll!

Stop, Drop and Roll!

And we have been on a roll this week with lots of exciting events to promote fire safety for Fire Prevention Week!

Being part of a military community we are aware of the necessity to be prepared for anything and with the help of Sparky and the base firefighters, we worked on being prepared in case of a fire.  From smoke alarms to escape plans, we talked about how we can be safe through activities and actual demonstrations.

Fire Safety Books:


Sparky, the Fire Dog Voki:


Fire Safety Activities:

Fire Snack (pretzels for wood, red licorice for fire and can of whip cream as extinguisher):

Fire Safety Pinterest Board:
Random Pixs!