This week Heiwon's mom came to share with the class information about the first birthdays in Korea.
Heiwon: This is the first birthday of a baby. Have you seen this costume?
Heiwon: This a Korean apple. Korean pear. Korean rice cake. There is a lot of rice grown in Korea, so we make rice cakes. And wheat rice cakes. The rice cakes we prepare, and we wear these costumes.
This is a traditional picture of Korea.
Many years ago many babies died from starvation or many diseases.
These are socks for children.
As many babies died a long time ago, the first birthday many families and neighbours gather and share food and wish for their baby to live happily, be wealthy and live a long life. They want their baby to have prosperity? Do you know what prosperity means? It means they do not go hungry, are not poor. They are very healthy, wealthy and live well.
For many Koreans, prosperity is very important.
Do you see the stripes? It is 5 colours. It stands for the universe: fire, water, tree, gold and soil. These 5 things are the week day names. Sunday is sun. Monday is moon day. These are the five basic principals.
Amy: Is the dog in the picture protecting them?
Heiwon: Yes, this is a Korean traditional house, about 500 years ago.
This is my boy's first birthday. This is Seheon's father.
Chaitanya: Seheon is wearing a party shirt.
Heiwon: Yes. This is a picture of a game. This is a fortune telling kind of game. First Seheon is placed in front of a table. Do you see some objects on a tray? They stand for his destiny. Do you see what it is?
Amy: A soccer ball.
Heiwon: Yes, and rice, a stethoscope... This one is the judge's gavel. We predict his future occupation. We put rice and money as we wish for him to be rich. First time, he picked a microphone. Second time, money.
This one is Chinese money, Korean money, Japanese money, US money... Seheon picked up the Chinese money.
Finally Seheon picked up money and we hang it on a white string. It means live longer and be healthy.
This is my whole family. Do you see this is rice cake. This is wheat cake. Rice cake means we wish for Seheon to live innocently.
And Korea as a zodiac, like China. Seheon was born in 2009. This year is the Ox's year. So I made rice cake with an ox. And Seheon was born in December so it is Christmas decorations.
Ameen: Is his birthday the first of December?
Our reading and writing stamina is sure coming along! Do you know we managed 45 minutes yesterday?! We are well on the way to becoming strong independent readers and writers.
At the end of our Daily 5 sessions, we usually have a sharing time where a few of us volunteer to read what we have written to the class and get peer and teacher feedback. We are very excited about the stories and recounts we are writing!
We come from a community called Rajputs (meaning the rulers), on the wedding day the groom rides on a horse to bride’s place and the particular picture is from the ceremony called Jaimala. This also comes from the ancient Indian ceremony where the daughter of the kings used to choose husband of their choice through organized competitions, as the weddings were many days affair, She would put a garland (Jai Mala – Winning Garland) on the selected groom.
Darshan: This is my daddy and mommy. This is them praying in the temple. This is outside. They have a special yellow thread around their necks. Then they are married. Daddy ties mummy the yellow thread. This photo was taken in Singapore.
Isaiah: This is a crocodile. I bought it from Australia. It can copy you. If you say something it will copy you.
Today Elliot's mom, Maria, came in to share with us a Swedish tradition. She told us in the mid summer people get together with all of their family and friends and have a celebration. She showed us a video of the dance everyone does around a maypole.
Amy: What's the middle one?
Maria: Every summer we have a maypole.
Amy: Who made this one?
Maria: Me. Just to show you.
Chaitanya: What's it made of?
Elliot: It's made of tree.
Maria: The real one is. Every morning we pick trees and flowers for the maypole. Every summer we have flowers in our hair, and we celebrate by dancing.
Elliot: This is what we eat.
Maria: In this picture we are playing some games.
We have dancing. All of our families come with us.
James: Why must you make this (a cake)?
Maria: It's a tradition.
Everyone makes this cake.
Isaiah: Why do they make it (the maypole)?
Maria: We dance around it.
Chaitanya: Is this your national flag?
Ameen: It's Sweden. It's the flag from Sweden.
Afterwards we talked about why the Mid-summer Festival is important in Sweden.
Seheon: Because Sweden in winter is very, very cold.
Darshan: And there's snow.
Chaitanya: And there is snow drifting down from the tree branches.
Ameen: And you can build a snowman.
Cesca: And you can slide down a hill on a sleigh.
Elliot: And there is a place outside that you can skate.
Seheon: And wind. There's sometimes wind.
Maanya: And sometimes thunderstorms.
Ameen: And rain. It can be rainy.
Elliot: And it's dark.
Ms Leah: In winter, what time does it get dark in Sweden?
Maria: Maybe about 4:00.
Ms Leah: And what time does the sun come up?
Maria: Probably around 9. So you get up in the dark and when you get home it is getting dark.
Ms Leah: What about in summer?
Elliot: In summer, it is light. Even late.
Maria: It gets dark around 10, or even 11.
Elliot: And the sun comes out early.
Maria: Around 4.
Freya: In the UK too!
Chaitanya: Did you know that in India it is a different time than in Singapore? It is two hours and a half behind.
Amy: But in China there's no time difference. It's the same time.
Chaitanya: But in the States it's a big time difference! Like 12 hours or something! In fact, it's a different day!
Flynn: And Canada.
Ms Leah: Well, United States and Canada are large countries...
Karin: But not as big as Russia!
Ms Leah: ... so there are quite a few different time zones, but yes they are a day behind and at least 12 hours behind. And Canada and the United States, like Sweden and the United Kingdom, also have lots of daylight in the summer, but not much daylight in the winter.
Seheon: So in the summer they are happy!
Jake: This picture shows both the bride and groom wear white. For the bride, it's called a Filipina dress. For the groom it's Barong Tagalog.
In some parts of the Philippines, like the Igorot, this is their wedding ceremony.
Amy: Who is this?
Jake: The priest.
I also have the sleeves that go on the bride's dress.
Cesca: How is it attached?
Jake: It has small buttons on the side. The sleeves are detachable.
We have been inquiring into weddings. Ms Leah asked us to share what we know about weddings and what we'd like to find out:
Darshan: I don't know anything about weddings.
James: I am from China. Weddings are fun.
Freya: I have no idea (about weddings). I want to know a little about what people wear.
Cesca: I don't know about weddings.What do they use at weddings? What do they eat?
Justin: In China our wedding is like we have to wear rings.
Flynn: We put a 'just married' sign on. Dad puts a suit on. Mum puts on a dress. I want to know more about weddings in New Zealand.
Qaseh: I do not know about weddings. I want to know how to prepare a wedding.
Seheon: In my country people sometimes wear a shirt that is closed with string or closed with a zipper.
We looked at a picture of Amy's parents wedding.
Cesca: Wow, so beautiful!
Ameen: They wear bright colours.
Maanya: Yes, because remember? Ms Florence said Chinese people wear bright colours like red and gold, because they are lucky.
Justin: And they are happy colours. A wedding is a happy time.
Darshan: It's like the clothes for Chinese New Year.
Qaseh: And she's holding something. A fan.
Freya: Sometimes they hold flowers instead.
We also looked at wedding photos of Flynn's parents.
Cesca: She's wearing a white dress.
Ameen: He's wearing a suit. A black suit.
Seheon: I think they like nice cars.
Amy: I can see the sea. They put in a sign.
Ms Leah showed us some of her wedding photos.
Cesca: How come your hair looks different?
Ms Leah: Usually for weddings someone else does the bride's hair and make up.
Amy: What's that hanging at the back?
Ms Leah: It's called a veil.
Isaiah: Where did the wedding take place?
Ms Leah: Bali. In Indonesia.
Ameen: How come you didn't get married in Canada?
Ms Leah: My husband is from the UK so we thought we would have a small wedding in Asia.
Isaiah: Who all went?
Ms Leah: It was very small. Just family and close friends.
Seheon: Who took the photos?
Ms Leah: Usually a photographer takes photos.
Amy: What's a photographer?
Maanya: A person who takes pictures.
Cesca: Look at the flowers!
Amy: Why do you carry the flowers?
Ms Leah: Usually a bride carries flowers and then at the party afterwards all the unmarried ladies stand behind her and she throws her bouquet. The belief is the person who catches it will get married next.
Seheon: Who got it?
Ms Leah: One of my friends.
Seheon: Did she get married?
Ms Leah: No, she's not married yet.
Ameen: What about the guys?
Ms Leah: The groom throws something too.
Ameen: Who got that?
Ms Leah: My brother. He did get married soon afterwards.
The next day Freya brought in a picture of her parents.
Freya: This is my Show & Tell. My mom and dad are in a car.
Amy: Who is the person behind?
Freya: I don't know.
Ameen: She also has a white dress on.
Maanya: And a veil.
Ameen: And he is also wearing a suit.
Amy: Did they just get married?
Freya: I don't know.
Ms. Leah: Usually in the UK the bride and groom arrive separately for the wedding and leave together. So they probably are either on their way to the party or on their way to their honeymoon.
Freya: But she still has her flowers so they are on the way to the party.
Ameen: Did they get married in England?
Freya: I don't know. I think so.
Ryo: Hi everyone. My name is Ryo and I am from Japan. My Show & Tell, the first is origami. Origami is the art of paper. I can make horses and airplane jets.
The second one is ayatori.
Ameen: Is that like an elastic band?
Ameen: What is it?
Ryo: It's a string.
Maanya: What is it for?
Ryo: You make things out of it. See? A tower.
Ameen: Can you make a castle with it? If you make a castle, you will be amazing! You are amazing!
Can you make an airplane?
Cesca: How do you make that thing?
Seheon: I brought this from Korea. And you stick these together like this.
Darshan: Is it big?
Seheon: This one is big.
Cesca: Is it important to your country?
Seheon: Yes, but I don't know why. My dad knows why.
James: I think it's because a lot of cars come from Korea. They are made there.