Throughout the entire week, students at Eurocolegio Casvi have been carrying out different activities in English in order to celebrate Halloween. They have done so through crafts, gastronomic and costume parties, stories, songs and, of course, the traditional “trick and treat” activity that little ones love so much.
New technologies have also helped us so that teachers and students who could not be physically present in the classroom, were able to attend online, thus performing those same activities together with the rest of their classmates.
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Winner in the first Creative Contest of Pumpkin Carving
Our students in sixth grade of primary school (6th grade), in addition to 7th and 8th grade have had the opportunity to participate in this pumpkin carving contest and it already has winners. This contest has been organized by the Plastic and Visual Arts Department of Casvi.
For the 6th grade, the winner was Mateo Ramos Domingo.
For the 7th grade, the winner was Sergio García Castro
And for the 8th grade, the winner was Sofía Pérez Collado.
Congratulations to the three of them!
With this contest, our plastic and visual art teachers were looking to promote the creative skills besides the imagination of our students, at the same time that they develop and increase the confidence in themselves.
Also, we wanted to improve the collaboration between parents and children, so usual in the classroom routine carried out by our IB methodology. A fun way to be excited with the family in this hard time of COVID-19.
Halloween Educational Benefits
The goal of working on Hallowe’en in class is to develop different skills that allow them to improve in all areas of their learning, especially in their language skills. Here at Casvi, we work on the imagination and creativity of the little ones, which is always an incentive. Take a look at 6 beneficial reasons to celebrate this holiday.
- Increase your creativity. This aspect is fundamental for Hallowe’en. With the costumes, the students are able to showcase their creative skills.
- Create moments for social relationships. If there’s one thing that really stands out at good party, it is the possibility to interact with other people in a playful context, totally different from the usual one. That’s why it can be a great opportunity to make new friends in a different space, etc and thus improve social and communication skills with others.
- English practice. Hallowe’en, being an Anglo-Saxon tradition, gives us the chance to learn new words and practice English naturally.
- Fine motor skills work. Making the costume, preparing masks, drawing terrifying characters, etc-all these actions help the development of the small child’s fine psychomotricity, which improves their accuracy and ability to perform this type of activities during their growth. That’s a particularly important aspect in Preschool and Primary Education.
- Improve cultural and civic skills. With Hallowe’en, the little ones gain a different view of this holiday, its celebration, origins, etc. Thus, they become aware of the cultural richness of other societies in order to become more tolerant and open-minded towards other forms of thought, behavior and cultures.
- Promote a balanced diet. It is vital that our little ones know about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. Through the great gastronomic feast organized for Hallowe’en, bananas become ghosts and tangerines turn into pumpkins. Halloween allows us to eat in such a fun way!
Even though Hallowe’en origins are not American at all, its celebration has become very ‘traditional’, not only in the US; but also in those countries where this festivity has been exported to.
It dates back to over 2,000 years ago, when on Samhain night, the Celts turned off the lights and hoped that death would not come knocking at their doors. Celtic culture included the British Isles, Scandinavia and Western Europe, and this Samhain tradition spread throughout these territories becoming one of the most popular celebrations. Thus, during that night and in these territories, no fire was lit, the houses remained cold and dark, and their owners dressed in a mournful way so as to avoid the attention of the dead and continue to live unnoticed.
“All Hallows Eve” is the Anglo-Saxon name that, over the centuries, was given to this particular tradition, the Eve of All Saints’ Day. Of course, throughout time and space the term would transform into the word “Hallowe’en”. While it is true that the influence of the Pagans and the Christians has mainly degenerated into a celebration that is far from the origins we are dealing with here, it still maintains that connection with the fact that it is a feast in which death is always very present.