Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Celebrate One, Celebrate Them All...

...might be the holiday policy at your school when it comes to decorating your classroom each December, which means not only will you have colorful and diverse displays in your room over the winter, your students will be exposed to wonderful multi-cultural elements and experiences:

Learning about various winter holidays is a wonderful way to integrate reading, social studies, math, art, dramatic play, and music.  While the majority of my Super Stars celebrate Christmas, they're thrilled to learn about Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, New Year's, and other family festivities.  Here are some crafty links I'm searching through for new project ideas:

Popsicle stick menorahs shared by Creative Jewish Mom...

Ornaments made from recycled cards, scrap cardstock or other found materials at Martha Stewart...

African/Kwanzaa crafts (I love the drum!) at MakingFriends.com...

...and ribbon wreath plates (Make and Takes) which will join our Chris-Moose (how to's shared from last year's post here).

How about this version of Winter Wonderland by Jason Mraz for your December clean-up song?

I love it.

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