Youngsters at Triple C School recently had the chance to experience a truly international Christmas that had them paying visits to a number of different countries, complete with passports.
Learning about how children around the world celebrate Christmas, fourth grade students gave presentations to their classmates on the festive customs, complete with native costumes and even traditional holiday foods, of 24 countries, including the Philippines, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain and Honduras. At the end of each presentation, the students had special passports stamped to mark their global journey, a press release states.
According to the release, the idea for the project started during a Cayman heritage social studies unit that had students in the class constructing family trees to learn about where their ancestors originated.
“The original thought was to do the [Christmas] project on a country from which the student or their ancestors originated,” said Grade 4 teacher Cindy Von Kanel.
“However, some of the children wanted to research other countries, either because they had heard stories from there, or they just wanted to learn more about that country,” she said.
“The kids have been so excited to research their countries’ Christmas traditions, to find a recipe to share with the class, and to wear a costume that represents their country.”
Student Allan Wagner said that he liked learning about the food and the facts about the different countries, but most of all he liked learning about the traditions, while fellow student Lorena Peterson said she enjoyed learning new things, making her presentation, and all the different food.