The fourth grade is busy preparing for our Middle Ages Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 16. We have been studying Europe in the Middle Ages since November in Core Knowledge and this is an excellent way to for the class to show what they have learned in an active and creative way. For our Holiday celebration, all students first chose their top three roles which consisted of:
- Master of Ceremonies
- Biography of a Famous Middle Ages Character
- Minstrels- Middle Ages poetry
Now, we are beginning to create our speeches and skits for the festival. Plus, the cooking group is planning, then will prepare a traditional holiday meal with a few of our amazing parent volunteers. Finally, we will invite all of our 4th families to come and join us for our celebration. This is an authentic celebration. In the Middle Ages, December marked a time where most of the year’s hard agricultural work (farming) had been completed, people could start to relax in anticipation of Christmas. The Lord of the Manor would invite all living on his land to the castle to take part in this great celebration–a Christmas Court, full of food and entertainment. This is one of the highlights of the 4th grade year. Each child tends to choose a role that is in direct alignment with their personality. It is a real treat to watch the festival in action, it is quite entertaining.