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Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas in Bolivia


Clay Figures, Courtesy of "Merry Christmas Everywhere"

“Greeting: Feliz Navidad, which means Happy Nativity.”

I wanted to share a little information on what other countries do for my Early Childhood Educators and parents.

I thought that it would be interesting to provide students with information on Christmas in other parts of the world.

With research and information from the book “Merry Christmas Everywhere, by Arlene Erlbach with Herb Erlbach, I cannot capture the each countries traditions, I’m giving the information based on the book, and adding some suggestions of my own.

I’m hoping that it gives a brief description on how the children of Bolivia celebrates Christmas with their families and a discussion piece to get your students/children talking about and asking questions.

The children of Bolivia celebrate Christmas by leaving their shoes or stockings out, hoping that they will be filled by; “El Nino Jesus, which means baby Jesus, then they make clay objects of things that they want and put them in their family’s nativity scene.”

This is a good way to get your students involved in making a Christmas wish list, have them make a clay model of something they want for Christmas and take it home to put under their Christmas tree.

Or you can have them draw pictures to put under the tree, which is a suggestion from the book.

Explain to your students what a wish list is, it is something that they want, but might not get. So they understand that you are not promising that they will get it.

Introduce the word “Feliz Navidad,” to your students letting them know that in Bolivia it’s what they say instead of Merry Christmas, since the language they speak is Spanish.

The book as provided a list of items that you will need for the project:

·         Air-drying clay
·         Poster paint
·         Paintbrushes

1.       Shape your clay into what you want for Christmas
2.       When your clay dries, decorate with poster paint
3.       Put your items by the manager in your family’s nativity scene, or display under your Christmas tree.

Open your students/children up to the world around them and let them experience something different, even if you do not do the projects based on the book examples.

You can also keep some of these items for culture day, and share them with your students then.


Darla*

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