The focus of math this week continued to be exploration of patterns. Black, red and green were used to make paper chains with an ABC repeating pattern. The children learned that each of these three colors is represented in the seven candles of the kinara or candleholder, which is lit during the Kwanzaa celebration. Black, red and green have symbolic meaning for the African nations and are national colors for African people throughout the world. The children have been anticipating the arrival of special holidays and vacation time, which will give them opportunities to visit with family. A discussion about how different families celebrate was the perfect segue for talking about different kinds of families. After hearing the story Families Are Different by Nina Pellegrini, the children talked about the many different ways they spend the holiday season.