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Christmas in Italy

December 4, 2017


Class X01 is celebrating the December holidays by exploring different customs in the country of Italy.  The legend of the Befana has had an important role in the imagination of all children of the world.  Those who wish to relive the magic of the first wonders of infancy and understand the meaning and origins of this extraordinary figure, should be prepared to undertake a long voyage that will carry them back in time, to the origins of human’s history. We’ll discover what makes this personage so mysterious and arcane, because this little old lady so dear to children has continued to fascinate them for centuries, and they still await her arrival on the night of her holiday.

ceppo: The ceppo is a wooden frame several feet high designed in a pyramid shape. This frame supports several tiers of shelves, often with a manger scene on the bottom followed by small gifts of fruit, candy, and presents on the shelves above. The “Tree of Light,” as it is also know, is entirely decorated with colored paper, gilt pinecones, and miniature colored pennants. Small candles are fastened to the tapering sides and a star or small doll is hung at the apex.


Christmas in Italy

    The Christmas season in Italy goes for three weeks, starting 8 days before Christmas known as the Novena. During this period, children go from house to house reciting Christmas poems and singing.In some parts shepherds bring musical instruments into the villages, play and sing Christmas songs. 

    In the week before Christmas children go from house to house dressed as shepherds, playing pipes, singing and reciting Christmas poems. They are given money to buy presents.

    A strict feast is observed for 24 hours before Christmas Eve, and is followed by a celebration meal, in which a light Milanese cake called panettonefeatures as well as chocolate.

    Presents and empty boxes, are drawn from the Urn of Fate – lucky dip, which always contains one gift per person. By twilight, candles are lighted around the family crib known as the Presepio, prayers are said, and children recite poems.

    At noon on Christmas Day the pope gives his blessing to crowds gathered in the huge Vatican square.

    In Italy the children wait until Epiphany, January 6, for their presents. According to tradition, the presents are delivered by a kind ugly witch called Befana on a broomstick. It was said that she was told by the three kings that the baby Jesus was born, she was busy and delayed visiting the baby.

    She missed the Star lost her way and has been flying around ever since, leaving presents at every house with children in case he is there. She slides down chimneys, and fills stockings and shoes with good things for good children and it is said leaves coal for children who are not so good.


Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017



The First Thanksgiving – You Are the Historian – Online Learning Center

13 Colonies Web Quest

November 17, 2017



A Journey Towards Freedom

13 Colonies Webquest

The 13 Colonies WebQuest

Congress for Kids

13 Colonies


El Boricua

November 9, 2017

What It’s All About~Election Day

November 3, 2017



Every four years, on Election Day, (Tuesday after the first Monday in November), registered *voters in the United States cast their votes for presidential electors. Collectively, these electors form the Electoral College. The number of electors per state is equal  to the number in its Congressional delegation. Thus, each state has at least three electors. Kansas has six electors and Missouri has eleven. These electors meet on the first Tuesday after the second Wednesday in December to elect the President and Vice-President.

In 1845, Congress established Election Day in response to abuses caused by the previous system of electing the President and Vice-President. Under the old system, states could appoint electors at any time within 34 days prior to the convening of electors in December

Congress for Kids – Interactive, Fun-filled Experiences About the Federal Government

New York New York…

October 18, 2017

This year the 4th Grade takes on the history of New York.  Here are a few websites that will help understand how the great US came to be.   Focus will be on New York. Enjoy…

Revolutionary War WebQuest

New York History Net – A project of the Institute for New York State Studies

New York City Travel Guide and Travel Information – Lonely Planet

Be Red Cross Ready…

September 13, 2017


The Red Cross

 Beyond the Beaches

Lest We Forget

September 10, 2017


Never Forget « Class X02 University

Class X05 Explores Rainforests

July 10, 2017



People of the Rainforests…

Happy Birthday America

July 1, 2017


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