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Freya Jaffke is one of the master kindergarten teachers that I most respect and admire and learn from. As with her other books, Celebrating Festivals with Children is a fount of wisdom carried on the warm winds of love for children. As such, it is a gift and a must-read for anyone working with our very young.
Here she describes festival celebrations in relation to child development in the first seven years. She considers in detail the main festivals throughout the year—Easter, Pentecost, St. John’s, back-to-school, harvest, Michaelmas, lantern time, birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and carnival.
Drawing on many examples, she shows how we can celebrate festivals in a meaningful way with children, both at home and in kindergarten. Every festival is prefaced with a deeper contemplation for adults before considering preparations with children. This is followed by the actual organization of the festival—with games, craft activities and decorations, stories, songs, poems and the seasonal nature table.
Very highly recommended.