The Winter Festival
A Celebration of the Holidays and Our International Heritage
We appreciate your support of our Winter Festival! The weeks leading up to this event saw the children working hard to sustain the dialogue on the importance of family, to contribute their creative efforts to a school-wide project, and to advance their understanding of the holiday season. We’ve built the theme of the festival around the concept of family; namely, how family gives our life so much meaning.
The Stories That Bind Us, a New York Times article distributed and summarized in a recent email, provided analysis of research suggesting that the more defined sense an individual has of his or her family’s narrative, the more resilient and well-adjusted he or she tends to be. Likely, the communicative skills required to transmit such a complex message lend themselves to forge many types of familial bonds and individual strengths. Sharing cultural history, traditions, values with the younger generation does not only serve to preserve heritage, but builds within the youth a sense of purpose because it leads them to understand themselves as extensions of a greater unit, the family.
Within our school, the relationships formed within classrooms and between the generations that comprise the Little Wonders family grant a rich context through which the children’s learning takes place. As we strive to serve each developmental need of our students, we feel is it important to equip them with, along with opportunities to express and practice their knowledge, narratives, to lend their growth a sense of orientation.
We hope that the Winter Festival provided your family an opportunity to contemplate the ties that make it unique and lasting. The wonderful selection of dishes served as an indicator of one of our school’s most distinctive characteristics – it’s cultural plurality. Here at Little Wonders, the many different aptitudes our children bring to the experience of learning include a broadened understanding of the differences between people and how that diversity strengthens groups.
The children were delighted by the snow! Aside from being a captivating way to explore one of the distinctions of the season, the snow allowed the children to test the properties of a substance changing forms of matter. In their initial astoundment, gradual manipulation, and eventual mastery at holding and shaping appropriately sized chunks of snow, we saw them accounting for changes in temperature.
As always, we strive to present them with engaging sensory experiences to honor their innate curiosity and encourage the development of multi-dimensional understanding. While adults rely heavily on their intellectual apprehension of how the world works, children’s conceptualization is in formative stages; that means they derive much meaning from the world they encounter through the senses. Because of this, it is key to provide children with inviting provocations that are structured to inspire experimentation and deeper knowledge. The snow certainly engaged their interest, and the unusual temperature and texture of it led to hours of experimentation (in the form of play!).