Children get in the Hanukkah spirit with holiday singalong

  • Kids sing "How Many Candles?" Friday during an all-school Hanukkah singalong at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich.

      Kids sing "How Many Candles?" Friday during an all-school Hanukkah singalong at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Sean Dilman, 4, of Kildeer doesn't bother with the choreography but sings loud and proud Friday during an all-school Hanukkah singalong at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich.

      Sean Dilman, 4, of Kildeer doesn't bother with the choreography but sings loud and proud Friday during an all-school Hanukkah singalong at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Brooke Steingold, 3, of Buffalo Grove joins in during Friday's all-school Hanukkah singalong at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich.

      Brooke Steingold, 3, of Buffalo Grove joins in during Friday's all-school Hanukkah singalong at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • The menorah is lighted Friday during an all-school Hanukkah singalong at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich.

      The menorah is lighted Friday during an all-school Hanukkah singalong at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich. Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/20/2019 2:29 PM

Kids at the Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center near Lake Zurich got a head start on Hanukkah with an all-school singalong for parents Friday.

"While it's a couple of days before Hanukkah, we wanted to celebrate together as a community before many of our families go away for vacation time," said Sharee Patt, assistant director of early childhood at the center. "One of the big perks about being in early childhood is the community that we can create," she said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The more than 50 children sang 11 songs, some with accompanying choreography, and many wore hats they made in class. The youngest group started with "Candles in the Menorah" and "If It's Chanukah and You Know It." Older groups sang "Sivivon" and several others before everyone joined in to close out with "Chanukah, Oh Chanukah" and "Where is the Oil?"

A pair of menorahs were lighted at the end of the celebration for Hanukkah, which begins at sundown Sunday and runs for eight days.

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