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Habari-Gani? Our Special Guest Seemed to Enjoy the Music.

In the classroom and out in the community, Northwoods children are enjoying learning about holiday traditions.  Friday, small groups from two classes went to see the Nutcracker.  Last week a group of children celebrated Kwanza in their class for three days, and today the Northwoods Chorus performed traditional songs at Northlake Mall.

In the classroom and out in the community, Northwoods children are enjoying learning about holiday traditions. Friday, small groups from two classes went to see the Nutcracker. Last week a group of children celebrated Kwanza in their class for three days, and today the Northwoods Chorus performed traditional songs at Northlake Mall. Some of our older children have plans for a trip to sing carols at a nursing home and others are hosting a poetry recitation for their parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Jambo!” or “Hello!” is the happy greeting at Kwanza.  There is a pretty table with beautiful candles and fruits from all over the world.  It is a community harvest celebration and a great time to dress up, play games, dance and celebrate together.  The next thing we say is, “Habari-gani?” or “What’s the news?”  The answer could be “Misouri-sana”  or “All’s well” or “Hakuna Matata” or “No worries!”

 

The food looked so good.  We only looked, though, until it was time to eat.  We had games to play.

The food looked so good. We only looked, though, until it was time to eat. We had games to play.

 

 

 

 

This game is one for quick-thinkers, good listeners.  "Stand up" and "Sit down" more and more quickly and in random order until one by one, we are "out."

This game is one for quick-thinkers, good listeners. “Stand up” and “Sit down” more and more quickly and in random order until one by one, we are “out” and join the group cheering on the remaining participants.

 

We could wear African patterns or any bright colors.  If we didn't have African prints, our teacher had some we could tie around our shoulders, waists or heads.

We could wear African patterns or any bright colors. If we didn’t have African prints, our teacher had some we could tie around our shoulders, waists or heads.

 

We had lots of good books about Kwanza to explain the days, the candles, the greetings.

We had lots of good books about Kwanza to explain the days, the candles, the greetings.

 

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Kwanza is a good time to show pride in ourselves and in our friends, new and old.

Kwanza is a good time to show pride in ourselves and in our friends, new and old.

 

All's well, Misouri-sana, and we dance until we feel the way we look in this picture.  It was fun.

All’s well, Misouri-sana, and we dance until we feel the way we look in this picture. It was fun.

 

Today, at Northlake Mall, the Northwoods Chorus sang and at different times, certain older children led the group.

Today, at Northlake Mall, the Northwoods Chorus sang and at different times, certain older children led the group.

 

Here you can see another student conductor and a quartet.

Here you can see another student conductor and a quartet. There were also some beautiful solos.

 

 

 

 

Brothers and sisters of chorus members watched from the front of the audience with parents and grandparents.

Brothers and sisters of chorus members watched from the front of the audience with parents and grandparents.

 

The parents seemed to enjoy all of the songs.

The parents seemed to enjoy all of the songs.

 

Our chorus belted out new and traditional songs and even led the audience in "Jingle Bells."

Our chorus belted out new and traditional songs and even led the audience in “Jingle Bells.”

 

A special guest dropped by. . .

A special guest dropped by. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . .inspiring a little speculation.

. . .inspiring a little speculation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A guest visitor dropped by and surprised Suzanne, our director.  He was clapping in time to the music.  It seemed that he liked it!

He was clapping in time to the music. It seemed that he liked it, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll miss our friends at school during the Winter Holidays, but Hakuna Matata, we’ll be playing, singing and dancing with friends and family, and teaching them some of the stories, songs and games we’ve learned over the last couple of weeks.

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2017-11-14T22:22:41+00:00By |Classroom Stories, Early Education|