It was a class assignment steeped in religious, geographic, and ethnic history.
But the school project the third graders presented in front of their peers was also based on fun-filled family experiences.
Dorval Elementary School third graders talked about Christmas, holiday customs, and their family traditions, and shared them with their classmates.
The children showed the countries where their families originated and the traditions that were celebrated.
“My aunt came from Portugal and she wanted to share it. And I love it, and I’m somewhat interested in Portugal, ”Sofia Ferreira, a third grader, told Global News.
Another third grader, Jilian Hiltser, spoke about how Hanukkah is celebrated in her family.
“What we do in my family, sometimes we spin the dreidel and that decides what gift we get on Hanukkah. And we also play dreidel games, ”he said.
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The children at the school used traditional cards, the smart classroom board, and many accessories to help educate each other about their personal Christmas customs and culture.
It has been an invaluable learning experience, says teacher Sylvia Fanous.
“If someone is doing a project in China, we can just go to China on the smart board and see a dragon dance,” Fanous told Global News.
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Student projects are posted on one of the classroom walls and there is a large display at the entrance of the school.
“It is very important that students see this as something as important as math, learning French, etc.,” Wusua Mitchell, principal of Dorval Elementary School, told Global News.
There is still a lot of formal education to teach before the holidays, but these presentations help students learn more about the true meaning of the holidays.
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