Unit Study: Kindergarten Holiday Celebrations

Age and Grade Requirements

  • Age: 5-6 years old
  • Grade: Kindergarten

Goals

By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:

  1. Explore different holidays celebrated around the world.
  2. Understand the cultural significance and traditions of various holidays.
  3. Develop creativity through holiday-themed arts and crafts activities.
  4. Enhance language skills through storytelling and discussions.
  5. Gain exposure to basic concepts of diversity, history, and celebrations.

Schedule (5 Days)

Day 1: Introduction to Holidays

  • Introduction to the concept of holidays and celebrations
  • Identify and discuss different holidays (e.g., Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah)
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Holiday Collage” using pictures from magazines

Day 2: Christmas Around the World

  • Focus on Christmas: Discuss how it is celebrated in different countries
  • Learn about holiday traditions, such as decorations and gift-giving
  • Craft activity: Create “Starry Night” paintings inspired by holiday lights

Day 3: Diwali – Festival of Lights

  • Focus on Diwali: Learn about the Hindu festival and its traditions
  • Explore the significance of lights and diyas in Diwali celebrations
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Diwali Diyas” using clay and paint

Day 4: Hanukkah – Festival of Dedication

  • Focus on Hanukkah: Discuss the Jewish holiday and its customs
  • Learn about the lighting of the menorah and playing dreidel
  • Reading a related storybook

Day 5: Holidays Around the World and Culmination

  • Explore various holidays celebrated in different cultures
  • Geography component: Identify countries known for specific holidays
  • Culmination activity: Create a “Holiday Celebration Fair” where students share their favorite holiday traditions

Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)

  1. “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore Amazon Link
  2. “Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story” by Jonny Zucker Amazon Link
  3. “The Story of Hanukkah” by David A. Adler Amazon Link

Recommended Video Links

  1. Super Simple Songs: “Decorate The Christmas Tree” YouTube Link
  2. Little Baby Bum: “Diwali Song” YouTube Link
  3. The Maccabeats: “Candlelight – Hanukkah” YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts Activity

Create “Diwali Diyas”: Provide clay, paint, and decorations for students to create their own Diwali diyas (oil lamps).

Craft Activity

“Starry Night Paintings”: Using dark paper and white paint, create a night sky filled with stars to represent holiday lights.

Culmination Activity

Host a “Holiday Celebration Fair” where students showcase and share their favorite holiday traditions, fostering an understanding of cultural diversity and celebrations.

Bible Connection

Discuss the concept of celebration and thanksgiving as found in the Bible, exploring passages that highlight the importance of gratitude and the celebration of special occasions (e.g., Psalm 100:4, Philippians 4:4-7).

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