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LE2 Parrandas Dec 2022

This holiday season, the Interdisciplinary team at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), offered a special cultural experience for students on the school's Lead Mine Campus. MSR Spanish teachers had their elementary students, explore Caribbean holiday traditions. As part of that study, students learned about "las parrandas," a Puerto Rican musical tradition that takes place during the Christmas season.

"Parrandas" are given to family and friends as a gift. During a "parranda," a group of people will come together to make a surprise visit during which they sing songs and play instruments—all with the intention of creating a sense of unity and joy among those who bring the music and those who receive it.

UE2 Parrandas Dec 2022

At MSR, students toured the buildings on the school's Lead Mine Campus, home to children ranging from infant through grade 6, to offer parrandas to school staff and students throughout the week before winter break. The students created a festive atmosphere and spread the holiday spirit as they sang "Feliz Navidad" and played musical instruments throughout the campus.

Learning about different cultures, peoples, and traditions around the world, such as parrandas, is a hallmark of a Montessori education. Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the importance of children deepening their understanding of the world and their role in it as thoughtful global citizens. She viewed education as something that could be a unifying force in the world.