Once we had the idea to spend part of the summer in France, Isabella started finding ways of incorporating all things French into everything we did.
A few months ago, Isabella asked me to help her look up French holidays. Since most French holidays are religious (and had already passed) that left only one holiday before the school year ended: May Day.
Hhhhmmm – how do we approach May Day? Do 7 year olds want to learn about International Workers Day? The Festival of Flora? Fertility? Pagan Traditions? The May Pole Dance? May Day Baskets? Wow – so many traditions associated with May 1st.
Isabella chose her own focus – Spring. A hybrid of what she read, she decided to make May Day Baskets. One for her teacher. One for her grandmother (which she is going to follow full tradition: leave it at their door, ring the door bell and run). She has decided to emphasize the fact that May 1st symbolizes the beginning of spring. Good!
She has her (unsolicited) presentation ready to roll for school. Her teacher has allotted her a very generous spot at circle time. She has requested Keith, Gabby and I be in attendance. She is taking May Day seriously.
Gabby has followed her lead. She has made her own baskets for her two teachers. Of course she has included a dinosaur in each little basket. True to form.
Happy May Day!
(Oh and I’m taking that double chin seriously – YIKES!)