Tradições de Ano Novo pelo mundo

Algumas dessas tradições, nós tbm fazemos no Brasil, outras já estudamos durante as aulas. Vale conferir e praticar sua leitura.

Many New Year traditions that we take for granted actually date back to ancient times. This year, ring out the old and ring in the new with a new New Year tradition—or two!


Making a lot of noise—from fireworks to gun shots to church bells—seems to be a favorite pastime around the world.

• In ancient Thailand, guns were fired to frighten off demons.

• In China, firecrackers routed the forces of darkness.

• In the early American colonies, the sound of pistol shots rang through the air.

• Today, Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums, and the North Americans sound sirens and party horns to bid the old year farewell.


Many New Year traditions surround food. Here are a few:

• The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain. Revelers stuff their mouths with 12 grapes in the final moments of the year—one grape for every chime of the clock!

• In the southern US, black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune. See our recipe for Good Luck Hoppin’ John!

• In Scotland—where Hogmanay is celebrated—people parade down the streets swinging balls of fire.

• Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a doughnut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served.

• The Irish enjoy pastries called bannocks.

• In India and Pakistan, rice promises prosperity.

• Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) tradition.

• In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors—and allowed to remain there!


Although the pop of a champagne cork signals the arrival of the New Year around the world, some countries have their own beverage-based traditions.

Wassail, a punch-like drink named after the Gaelic term for “good health,” is served in some parts of England.

• Spiced “hot pint” is the Scottish version of Wassail. Traditionally, the Scots drank to each others’ prosperity and also offered this warm drink to neighbors along with a small gift.

• In Holland, toasts are made with hot, spiced wine.


New Year’s Day was once the time to swap presents.

• Gifts of gilded nuts or coins marked the start of the new year in Rome.

• Eggs, the symbol of fertility, were exchanged by the Persians.

• Early Egyptians traded earthenware flasks.

• In Scotland, coal, shortbread and silverware were traditionally exchanged for good luck.


In Scotland, the custom of first-footing is an important part of the celebration of Hogmanay, or New Year’s Eve Day.

After midnight, family and friends visit each other’s home. The “first foot” to cross a threshold after midnight will predict the next year’s fortune. Although the tradition varies, those deemed especially fortunate as “first footers” are new brides, new mothers, those who are tall and dark (and

handsome?) or anyone born on January 1.


The dawn of a new year is an opportune time to take stock of your life.

• Jews who observe Rosh Hashanah make time for personal introspection and prayer, as well as visiting graves.

• Christian churches hold “watch-night” services, a custom that began in 1770 at Old St. Georges Methodist Church in Philadelphia.

• The practice of making New Year’s resolutions, said to have begun with the Babylonians as early as 2600 B.C., is another way to reflect on the past and plan ahead.


Some customs and beliefs are simply passed down through the ages. Here are some of our favorite age-old sayings and proverbs.

• On New Year’s Eve, kiss the person you hope to keep kissing.

• If New Year’s Eve night wind blow south, It betokeneth warmth and growth.

• For abundance in the new year, fill your pockets and cupboards today.

• If the old year goes out like a lion, the new year will come in like a lamb.

• Begin the new year square with every man. [i.e., pay your debts!] –Robert B. Thomas, founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac

So, whether we resolve to return borrowed farm equipment (as did the Babylonians) or drop a few pounds, we’re tapping into an ancient and powerful longing for a fresh start!



Feliz Páscoa. 

Nossa atividade de Páscoa foi muito bacana! 

Nós decoramos coelhinhos feitos de massa de farinha e sal. 

Preparamos cartões de Feliz Páscoa e lemos livros sobre esse tema. 


Mas o melhor de tudo foi achar os ovinhos e rechear as sacolinhas. 



End of The Year Party

Nossa festinha de encerramento foi fantástica!!
Nós cantamos músicas natalinas, dramatizamos a peça The Christmas Blizzard, fizemos atividades e muitas coisas mais!
Todos os alunos receberam seus boletins e diplomas especiais. Estou muito orgulhosa de vocês.
Agora é tempo de descanso e confraternização.
Até o Ano que vem, queridos alunos!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.





In English
Our End of The Year Party was fantastic !!
We sang Christmas carols, dramatize the play The Christmas Blizzard, did activities and much more!
All students received their report cards and special diplomas. I’m so proud of you!
Now it is time to rest and celebrate.
See you next year, dear students!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Halloween Celebration

Our Party was spooktacular!
We had a lot of fun with the movie, the activities, the costumes and the treats.
It was a great time that we share with our classmates!Halloween 1IMG_0695-0IMG_0451 Halloween 3


A nossa festa foi espetacular!
Nós tivemos um monte de diversão com o filme, as atividades, as fantasias e as guloseimas.
Foi um grande momento que compartilhamos com nossos colegas.

Children’s Day

It was a very good activity!

The kids had a lot of fun painting and decorating the letters of their names.

We all enjoyed the great time, sang songs, played games, and read the new and exciting books from Scholastic Book Club.

Happy Children’s Day to you all!!

Em Português.

Foi uma atividade muito boa!

As crianças se divertiram muito pintando e decorando as letras de seus nomes.

Todos nós curtimos esse momento agradável, cantamos músicas, jogamos diferentes  jogos e lemos os novos e emocionantes livros da Scholastic Book Club.

Feliz Dia das Crianças a todos !!





St. Patrick´s Day Activities & Pictures

St Patricks preparativosTivemos muita emoção e aventura com as atividades nesse dia!

St Patricks day6Montamos nossos Leprechauns (duendes ou gnomos);

St Patricks day4Confecccionamos colares com green noodles (macarrão verde);

St Patricks day3Decoramos Shamrocks (trevos) com glitter;

Rafale no jardimProcuramos pelo Pot of Gold (pote de ouro) que os leprechauns deixaram no jardim depois da chuva e do arco-íris.

Foi uma aventura muito bacana e muitas mais virão!

Valentine´s Day

valentines-day-facebook-wallpapers-2014Diferente do Brasil esse dia não é apenas para namorados, mas também para todas as pessoas que amamos como pais e amigos.

Comemorado 14 de fevereiro e envolve chocolates, flores, cartões, jantares e tudo o mais que quem ama deseja.

So, enjoy and send your love to everyone you care about.

My Perfect Valentine

© Xavaunik S. Brown
Observing the stars, You came into mind,
I thought about your love for me, It’s so fine.
Whenever you hug me, Whenever you’re there,
I feel so secure, I know you really care.
At times we’re together, Not knowing what to say,
All we do is hold hands, Then our love lights the way.
There are instances we argue, But time’s granted to ponder,
Then we work things out, It makes our love stronger.
I’ve nothing to worry about, Gone are moments, I thought we’d part,
Thinking of you makes me smile, You’ll forever be in my heart.

Source: My Perfect Valentine, Valentines Day Poem to Boyfriend Family Friend Poems

The Legend of Valentine´s Day

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14th each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.

Several stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14.

According to the legend he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius.  Before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.


Ano Novo Chinês – Ano do Cavalo



Dia 31 será o Ano Novo Chinês. Você sabe qual é o seu signo no horóscopo chinês? O que ele representa? Qual sua sorte para 2014?chinese_new_year_2014_clipart


The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These animal signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar . Ancient people observe that there are 12 full moons within one year. So, its origin is associated with astronomy. Each animal sign is usually related with an earthly branch, so the animal years were called zi rabbit, chou ox, yin tiger, mao rabbit, chen dragon, si snack, wu horse, wei sheep, shen monkey, you rooster, xu dog and hai pig.

12 Animal Signs

For a long time there has been a special relationship between humans and the 12 zodiacal animals. It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same manner as the sign of zodiac adopted by western civilizations. People under different animal signs have distinct characters. Some signs are perfect match while some are less compatible or even born opponents.

Check the link below to discover about you and your perfect match.

Good Luck!

The Lantern Festival

In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve.

The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.

In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon—which might stretch a hundred feet long—is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets.
Read more:  Chinese New Year: 2014 |

Martin Luther King´s Day

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January 15th

One holiday we celebrate

Honors a special man,

Who taught us to be fair

To everyone we can.

He said, “Do not fight.”

Solve problems peacefully.

Think about how others feel …

Kindness is the key.

Who is this special man,

Whose name you hear us sing?

Whose holiday we celebrate?

It’s Martin Luther King!

Martin Luther King  was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968.

President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.

At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays.

It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Activity Ideas


Ask your children to name something they would wish for our world. Give  some examples to get children thinking. Next, let each child draw a picture to  show his or her wish.  At the bottom of  each picture, write a few words to explain the child’s wish. Finally, bind the  pictures into a class booklet titled “Our Dreams for Our World.”  Review the booklet with children, then leave in your book corner for  individuals to share.


Read to children The Crayon Box That Talked, by Sharon Derolf. Help children  understand that people who are different from one another can, with respect and  understanding, enjoy great friendships together. Then give children spray  bottles filled with different colors of water. Let children spray a bed sheet  and watch as the different colors run together to form a beautiful display. Explain  that although all the colors are different, they blend together nicely, just as  people can.


Help children make this simple snack to demonstrate that we all share  the same Earth. Use a round cookie cutter to cut circles of bread. The circles  represent our Earth. Give one circle to each child. Give each child about five  chocolate chips, five white chocolate chips, and five butterscotch chips. The  chips represent the different people that live in our world together. Help  children press their chips into their bread circles and enjoy their “diversity  snacks.”


While peaceful conflict resolution should be promoted all year long,  this center idea helps drive home the idea of peace when celebrating Martin  Luther King, Jr. Set up a table and chairs in a corner of your classroom. Tell  children this is the peace table. Talk with children about Dr. King’s belief in  solving problems without fighting or name-calling. Reinforce the concept of  working out differences by talking and compromising. Invite children to use the  peace table when they need to settle a problem. Praise children for their  efforts and give each one a precut white dove as a peace certificate. Include  each child’s name and a special sticker on his/her certificate.