We learned that Hindus often practice yoga. We found this fun yoga video on Youtube to try it out!
We learned a little about Hinduism when we talked about Nyepi. We decided to do some research to find out a little more.
What did we learn?
Ben: Some Hindus are vegetarian. That means they don't eat meat.
Olivia: They don't eat meat, because they are allergic to it.
Andy: No, they are not allergic to meat. They just don't eat it. They just don't like it.
Amelia: Or maybe they like eating it, but they don't. They choose not to.
Charlie: 'All connected', means joined together.
Andy: If connected means, all joined together, like family, and animals too, then maybe they don't believe in eating meat.
Amelia: Also, sometimes my mom is exercising a lot and she doesn't eat meat, because she believes it's healthier.
Olivia: And it said the cow is very important so people cannot eat meat.
Ben: The cow is sacred.
Olivia: And they also talked about fasting.
Ben: Like Muslims fast.
Andy: For example, during Hari Raya.
Olivia: But here fasting doesn't always mean all food. Sometimes it is just one kind of food.
Andy: Or just on Saturdays.
Olivia: And they pray. Christians and Muslims also pray.
Ben: And there are stories, like the Bible stories Justin's Show & Tell told us about.
Charlie: Can we watch that one?
Olivia: I think I remember a Christian story like that, but a bit different (Noah's Ark).
As part of our unit, we've been talking about different celebrations around the world. Ben taught us about Halloween. Yesterday his mom came in to teach us how to make some spooky treats.
Afterwards we talked about a Hindu celebration in Bali, called Nyepi. We found a video about it.
Ben: It's like Halloween, because there are big monsters.
Amelia: And it's a little like Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night, because the day before there is lots of noise.
Andy: And it's like China, because there is a different calendar.
JiaRui: In China, the calendar is based on the moon.
Andy: Yes, it's the lunar calendar. Special days change, because it is the lunar calendar.
Also, it is the new year. In China, the new year is also important.
Ben: Also there is fasting. So that's like...
Olivia: Hari Raya.
Ben: Yes, it's like Hari Raya. For Hari Raya, Muslims also fast.
Charlie: But how can the airports be closed (for Nyepi)? How can people go there?
JiaRui: And what if they need to go home?
Andy: They would fly a different day.
Ben: They could fly the day before or the next day.
JiaRui: What if a flight is late, really late, and then it will be the next day?
Ben: I guess they'd have to land somewhere else.
Yesterday Mrs Jasinska came in and talked to us about what it means to be a global citizen and action at ISS.
She hopes to inspire us to become global citizens and seek ways we can make a difference to our school, community, country and world.
Here are some examples of taking action:
Have you taken action at home? Make sure to tell your teacher about it.
Justin: Hello friends, today I brought a bible. The Bible is a book about Jesus. I go to church. I go for Sunday School to learn about Jesus. I am a Christian and I believe in God. Any questions?
Ben: Where did you get the book?
Justin: From a bookshop.
Charlie: That's like in that book. Remember? This one. "Christian Faith".
Ben: Oh yah. It was about a lot of celebrations, like Christmas and Easter.
Olivia: How about Thanksgiving? Is Thanksgiving Christian?
Ben: It's American, but not so much Christian, right? I think I know some bible stories.
Charlie: Can we watch one? Are there videos on YouTube?
Ben: What about Hari Raya? Is that Christian?
Ben: Oh yah... it's...
Ben: Oh yah. It's Muslim.
We watched a video about Islam.
We compared Isam with Christianity and found many similarities and some differences.
Charlie: Today I'm going to talk about Valentine's Day. We celebrate people we love on Valentine's Day.
I brought these for you and when you go home you can colour them. Any questions?
Amelia: Why is it important to your country?
Charlie: You celebrate the ones you love.
Ben: Why do they celebrate Valentine's Day?
Charlie: I'm not sure.
We decided to do some research to find out.
Olivia: What country was this?
We did some more research.
Olivia: This is a Korean traditional cookie called Yakgwa. It is made of wheat flour, honey, sesame oil and ginger. We eat this cookie when we have a big ceremony like a wedding or memorial service.
And I have one for everyone if you'd like to try it. You can take it home and eat it.
And this part here is edible. You can eat it.
This year at International Day the school will be singing the song Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. We will sing it in English, as well as students from Japan, Korea, China, France and Spain will sing it in their mother tongues. Do you want to practice the songs at home? Here are the links to the English, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin versions.
Last year's volunteer days at Singapore Food Bank were a great success. Thank you so much for the support around feeding families in local communities, as well as the raising the awareness of reducing food waste in Singapore.
Because the work the Food Bank does has gained much traction in the last year, our first available volunteer Saturday is in January 2018. If you and your family would like to volunteer, you can do so using the following link:
Also please note that non-perishable food donations can be placed in the bins in the elementary office any time.
We have been talking about beliefs and discovered that people believe different things. Today we went up to Changi Hall to play Find Someone Who with Mrs Hayward's class.
Today we were trying to find someone who:
Believes the number 4 is unlucky
Believes in God (or gods)
Is a vegetarian
Throws her/his tooth on a roof
Believes in UFO's
Believes in angels
Believes Friday the 13th is unlucky
Celebrates Hungry Ghost Festival
Believes in reincarnation
Believes in psychics