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Kidzeum Grandparents' Day 2016
Everything was merry and bright at the Grenada Elementary School Kidzeum during their annual Open House for Grandparents. The event took place Friday, December 9th, from 9:00 until 12:00.
Each year students in Preschool through third grade meet with their grandparents to tour The Kidzeum's winter exhibit. This year, The Kidzeum featured the country of Sweden in their display titled, A Swedish Christmas. Students and grandparents explored a world of information about Sweden during the open house. As visitors entered The Kidzeum, the eighteen-foot tall Christmas tree that was decorated to represent Sweden grabbed their attention. Decorated with little blue lights and Swedish flags, the tree evoked exclamations of wonder from the guests. Extra-large, white snowflakes and bright, gold and blue ornaments adorned the tree from top to bottom. Reindeer covered with little white lights gazed silently throughout. Next on the visitor's tour of Sweden was The Kidzeum's market place. Swedish pastries, breads, sausages, and cheeses enjoyed by Swedes at Christmas filled the shelves there, introducing the guests to a few of the delightfully tasteful traditions of Sweden.
During school visits to A Swedish Christmas, the children at GES learned many customs celebrated during a Swedish Christmas. Students practiced counting in Swedish and even ice skated at The Kidzeum skridscobana (ice rink)!
A favorite tradition in the Kidzeum, students look forward to discovering foods native to the boys and girls at Christmas time in other countries. Expanding on the Swedish theme, the students at GES enjoyed kanelbulle (cinnamon buns) while visiting the current exhibit. Students also learned that on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, the eldest daughter in the family traditionally serves Lucia buns or kanelbulle to her parents before they begin their Christmas celebration. After families join together in church services, they return home to find what Jultomten (Santa Claus) has left them for Christmas.
When students return to GES after Christmas holidays, the new Kidzeum exhibit, Shock It To Me!, will spark their interest in the subject of electricity. Students will conduct several "Hands-on" activities while learning about different types of electricity as well as safety tips to employ around electricity. Students will also enjoy a "hair-raising" experience with a Van de Graff generator that will be featured during their second visit to this exhibit.