How We Celebrate

How We Celebrate

While the pandemic keeps much of the world at home, people still find ways to celebrate. From Zoom family reunions to car parade birthday parties, we practice deeply important customs. Face to face or distant, celebrations feature cultural elements that we find very...
On the Job

On the Job

There is mystery in every job, even those of students, whose jobs are to study and contribute to school, family, and community life. How do we learn the secrets of doing a good job at our work? Folklife! Occupational culture is one of the dynamic areas of Folklore...
Seasonal Round Lesson Plan

Seasonal Round Lesson Plan

THE SEASONAL ROUND For New Year, we would cook cabbage. Some people would cook black-eyed peas. That way, you would always have money for the year. And we had to have our egg nog. That was one tradition waiting for the New Year to come in. And when the New Year would...
Family Mapmaking

Family Mapmaking

Mapmaking is a wonderful way to engage family members in looking closely at how each  experiences where they live. Family members may discover that each sees their neighborhood differently, that one includes a place that the others never noticed, or that certain...

Family Maps

Luanne McLaughlin, a parent at PS 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, shares a family mapping activity that works in any locale.