While the winter holidays are often festive and fun, sometimes they present a complex dilemma for educators. Schools and teachers often want to take advantage of this time of year as an opportunity to explore cultural celebrations and religious diversity. At the same time, it is important to model good practice in being inclusive and ensuring that all individuals and groups are respected.
Below are educational resources to help guide your winter holiday celebrations and teaching practices, including curricula, tips, strategies and suggested children’s literature.
Resources for Schools and Teachers
How Can I Plan Inclusive Holiday Celebrations? (Miller Early Childhood Initiative, The Question Corner)
How Can ‘Looking at Lights’ Promote Respect Among Children For Various Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions? (Miller Early Childhood Initiative, The Question Corner)
Toys and Gender (Current Events Classroom lesson, grades
Jeremy's Dreidel (Book of the Month, December 2014)