This month our TK-2nd Graders read Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and 3rd Grade read A Christmas Carol. Although they go on different journeys, they both have dramatic changes of heart and these grumpy characters aren’t so different. With the help of our students, we can compare and discuss these Christmas curmudgeons (a bad-tempered person).
Our primary students drew their very own Grinch and talked about the meaning of Christmas. What does it mean that his heart grew? Why was he such a Grinch? And why weren’t the Whos upset when they saw their Christmas was stolen? Our students quickly identified that their Christmas wasn’t stolen because it “doesn’t come from a store.” The lyrics from the film adaptations always sound so fun and silly, but listening to them this year they ring true more than ever. Having your loved ones near is really what we need at Christmas, and maybe the Grinch being all alone on his mountain was really what bothered him.
Welcome, welcome! Fah who rahmus!
Welcome, welcome! Dah who dahmus!
Christmas Day is in our grasp,
So long as we have hands to clasp!How the Grinch Stole Christmas
In 3rd grade, this is our second year reading a short play adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Students took turns reading as different characters so we could read the story together. After, we talked about Scrooge’s character and how his change of heart is similar to the childhood favorite “Grinch” character, and what it truly means to keep Christmas in our heart all year long. 3rd Grade told me they worried about Tiny Tim’s future, and were glad to see Scrooge made a difference in his life.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”A Christmas Carol
I was impressed to hear our students not only talk about the meaning of Christmas and the change of heart these main characters had, but every class was eager to remind us that Jesus’s birth is our reason for the season. This year especially, we’re reminded of the true meaning of Christmas and thankful for our loved ones.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as we head into 2021
~ Miss Leah
Featured below are some of the wonderful Grinch and Christmas tree drawings done by our students!