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Festivals Across the Year for Ages 5-7 - Andrew Brodie

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Genre: Education / Author: Andrew Brodie, Judy Richardson / Paperback / 64 Pages / Book is published 2007-09-06 by Andrew Brodie Publications

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      30.09.2010 14:05
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      A wonderful idea that could have been executed a bit better.

      This book is designed for teachers, but I think it would be useful for youth groups, scouts or even ordinary parents who want to help their children learn about other cultures. I bought it for home education.

      The book is 64 pages, all black and white, with the majority of the pages being photocopiable activities, such as work sheets, colouring pages and a few simple crafts. There is also a teachers information page for each holiday. However this is very very limited and I do not think I could use this book without using the internet to look up information on the holidays. For instance there is a chapter on Sukkot which is meant to be the start of Yom Kippur. It does not give you a clue what Yom Kippur is. Perhaps I am more ignorant than most, but I had to look this up. If I really knew all about these holidays I would not have bought the book!

      This book cover 14 holidays from various cultures. These include Harvest Festival, Eid, Diwali, Christmas and my favourite, Children's Day from Japan.

      The reason I bought the book is I think that learning about and celebrating holidays from other cultures is a prefect starting point to teach children about other traditions and beliefs. I also think a child is far more likely to remember doing fun activities than just reading about other cultures. We try to combine holidays with foods, stories and perhaps listening to the language on you tube or music from that culture.

      My son has of course had good fun trying out a few holidays, and we plan to try many more. That said we have not really used the book that much, as the information is limited and many of the activities were too old for him last year. Hopefully we will get more use out of it this year.
      I found the book a useful starting point and the idea itself is quite good.

      However, I did find it much to limited in explanation of the holidays. I also found the worksheets to be limited and the colouring pages are not of the highest quality. Because of this I can only give the book 4 stars, and I would be giving it 3 1/2 if we could give half stars. The book is listed at £16.14 with Amazon which is a bit ridiculous, but you can buy it new from Amazon market place for £ 5.72 with postage which is much more reasonable

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