Hanukkah is here and we are celebrating in music by reading and singing a story, “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah” by Miriam Sagasti. On the back of the book is the sheet music for the song, which makes it easier to read/sing along while showing the students the book. Students enjoy looking at the pictures, seeing children with animal friends. Most of the classes have learned about Hanukkah in their classes and can name and point out the menorah, dreidel, and latkes. Reading this book brought up discussions of what they learned in their academic classes.
Penguins and Labs shared that they made latkes on Friday; all students took a polite bite. Only a few raised their hands to say they enjoyed eating it. D. Penguin said that he thought he would enjoy them because they are made of potatoes and are like fries, and yet he didn’t like them.
The Explorers and Zebras shared how they made dreidels, spun them, and played the dreidel game. One student was very lucky and kept winning the pile. Owls shared that they made paper menorah and colored them.
I asked one student who celebrates Hanukkah what he liked best about the holiday and he said, “Presents. And I want an airport for Hanukkah.”