New Approaches to Holiday Celebrations

by Teresa Narey

The month of December can feel like a whirlwind. As educators, we often think about how to approach holidays in our classrooms this time of year. Three major holidays are highlighted this month—Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah—but culturally, we know that so much more is at play in the lives of the children in our care and in the world at large. If all of the children in your setting celebrate the same December holiday, then you may simply embrace it and move along. However, for more diverse groups, it may be a struggle to know what to do—to know what families would like for you to do. Before promoting any holiday in your setting, it is best to talk with families and caregivers about their preferences. You might also consider taking an anti-bias education approach, which seeks to promote fairness and inclusion in school settings by offering alternative and informed approaches to celebrating mainstream holidays. Here are 5 examples to consider: Continue reading

Caring and Sharing

by Judy Mullican

Child Making a DonationThere is no greater feeling than the joy of showing kindness to others. When we provide opportunities for children to help others, they feel a greater connection to the community and can experience the joy of giving. There are many ways children can help throughout the year, but there are often special opportunities during this festive season. Look around your community and you will likely see many possible ways the children can help! Here are a few suggestions to consider:

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