Tuesday, January 1, 2013

And end of year celebration of history and heritage

There are those that think about Early Childhood Development as being mostly works of macaroni glued to paper.  Sometimes true, but there is also academic study that is focused on how Little Ones learn as well as journals like "Teaching Young Children".  It can be a bit like "New Scientist" with a few fundamental differences.  One of the common themes is the benefit young people receive from having a strong sense of self and of place.

Articles in the journal addressed topics from theory to practical application.  Fall to winter - a time filled with themes relating to harvest and lights.  Harvest in your home garden or in the homes of those that live far, far away, or of those who harvested in the past.  Lights in this time of year - stars in the sky to flames on a candle.  Diwali, Channukah, Advent all are special times that are connected with this theme: so is Kwanzaa.   

As par of the 7 night celebration last night the Kwanzaa Karamu (feast) should have taken place.  A lot of the foods that are included in that festive meal were part of a celebration that took place La Pintoresca Library last week. 

Deltas presenting the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

It was coordinated by members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.   They began by introducing the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa.  Music and storytelling were a part of the program.  A bit of jazz, classical music, and the signing of "Lift Every Voice" was shared.
Bother Yusef playing some Fatback Blues.

The Deltas are dedicated to working in communities via Sisterhood and Service.  They have roots deep in their heritage - they were started 100 years ago at Howard University.  
Alma Stokes, and Pasadena Alumnae Chapter President, Ellen Ligons
Little ones like, Immanuel and his siblings, were at the event.  

Immanuel, who found the whole thing fascinating.
The Deltas gave a great Kwanzaa gift that will help them strengthen their sense that they have a wonderful heritage that is a part of our shared history. 


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