Part of the Lower Elementary curriculum includes studying other cultures and finding ways to compare and explore foreign celebrations in ways that instruct, compare and delight.
Melora’s classroom is studying El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is celebrated in Mexico on November 2. El Día de los Muertos includes parties in cemeteries that take place throughout the night. Special foods and sweets are prepared to share amongst families members as they reminisce and honor loved ones who have died. Students read about these festivities and examine differences in their own ways of celebrating Halloween and “spooky stuff” here in the United States. A special corner in the classroom is set up for students to bring in photos or drawings of pets, family members or friends who are deceased. As part of this, children will write and share stories about departed loved ones, and discuss how interesting the differences are in celebrations and attitudes amongst different cultures.