for our thematic unit of study for December.
The first holiday we will be discussing is Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st.
The symbols of Kwanzaa includes crops (mzao) which represents the historical roots of African-Americans in agriculture and also the reward for collective labor. The mat (mkeka) lays the foundation for self- actualization. The candle holder (kinara) reminds believers in the ancestral origins in one of 55 African countries. Corn/maize (muhindi) signifies children and the hope associated in the younger generation. Gifts (Zawadi) represent commitments of the parents for the children. The unity cup (Kkimbe cha Umoja) is used to pour libations to the ancestors. Finally, the seven candles (mishumaa saba) remind participants of the severl pinciples and the colors in flags of African liberation movements -- 3 red, 1 black, and 3 green.
-University of Pennsylvania, African Studies Center
We focused on the Kwanzaa symbol of corn in that it signifies children.
We practiced cutting skills as we cut out the corn.
We continued to strengthen fine motor muscles
as we painted and added detail to our corn.