Thinkport Bulletin: All About the Holidays: December 2018

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December 2018


Happy holidays from Maryland Public Television's Education Division. We hope you enjoy special time with family and friends and we look forward to providing educators, students, families and child care providers with exciting new opportunities in 2019.


The Christmas Holiday
Christmas isn't just a holiday for Christians, it includes much history and many rich traditions. Make it a teachable moment for your students with this fun video that touches on topics from gift giving and decorating to how German and Dutch immigrants brought customs to America.


Kwanzaa Celebration
Teach your students about the origins of this seven day celebration of African American heritage. Using an engaging video and support materials, students will learn the ways people observe this festive time and trace back its roots to ancient African customs. 

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Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations
Thinking of some ways to include your children in upcoming celebrations? Round up the little ones and ring in the "noon" year with innovative and festive activities. Counting down to "noon" gets kids involved in the tradition without missing their bedtime! 


Winter Wonderland Terrarium
Hunt for objects inside and outside of your house to create an eye-catching winter terrarium with the whole family. While working alongside the kids, extend the learning by talking about winter weather in various parts of the country and other winter-themed events.

Special Programs: Airing on Maryland Public Television and PBS


Leonard Bernstein Tribute Concert
Friday, December 28, 9:00 pm on MPT

Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with this tribute concert at Tanglewood. Featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the concert is hosted by Audra McDonald and includes guest artists Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Thomas Hampson and more.


New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31, 9:00 pm on MPT

Enjoy an evening of elegance and sophistication celebrating the intersection of classical music and dance. Ring in 2019 with the New York Philharmonic, led by new Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and opera great Renee Fleming. 

Visit Thinkport for free PreK-12 educational activities.