Saturday, October 23, 2010

23rd October

On November 5th it will be Divali, or the Festival of Lights. This is India's biggest holiday and it marks the Hindu New Year. The Year 1 teachers study Celebrations with their children this term ansd as part of the unit of enquiry they look at Divali. While there now are quite a few non-fiction information books, two that imbed the information in a story format are Jonny Zucker's Lighting a Lamp and Rama's Return by Lisa Bruce. The latter is part of the Flying Fox series of readers. In it Jaya's mother tells the story of Rama and Sita, upon which the New Year celebrations are based. They make rangoli patterns, those beautiful, symmetrical patterns made with chalk or coloured rice.

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