Days to Celebrate: A Full Year of Poetry, People, Holidays, History, Fascinating Facts, and More by Lee Bennett Hopkins


We have just finished Thanksgiving here in the United States, where most people celebrate this festivity with family and friends. Next month, is Christmas month.. full of holiday cheer for EVERYONE!  SOME. Christmas is a holiday celebrated all over the world, yet all of those in the United States do not celebrate it. Whether it be religion or culture we need to respect that of our students. In addition, Christmas is celebrated by those for different reasons. Some are celebrating the birth of Jesus; whereas others are celebrating Santa's arrival in town with lots of presents. 

So how does an educator, respect all of these perspectives in December and throughout the year?

In my Social Studies Methods and U.S. History Methods for Teachers classes, I have come to the conclusion that the best way to honor all religions and cultures in the classroom is by learning about them! Whether the religion or celebration is represented in the classroom, I think we have a unique opportunity in the classroom to purposefully draw attention to such celebrations all year long. When a person is educated on a subject, they can draw from the experience when they come in contact with it in their home, school, or community. Rather than think it is odd that their new classmate does not celebrate Christmas or believes that one who celebrates Nights of Radishes is strange; students will understand diversity and the importance of respecting others beliefs and traditions.

I purposefully checked out a few books to assist me in planning these Days to Celebrate throughout the school year. The first one is Days to Celebrate: A Full Year of Poetry, People, Holidays, History, Fascinating Facts, and More by Lee Bennett Hopkins. In this beautifully illustrated, informational book we can find that; 365 (366) Days a Year, every day is a day to celebrate. Providing holidays from a variety of calendars around the world and some fun recognized days along the way that children will enjoy. 


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Educating our students about different religions, cultures, and celebrations does not have to be a huge unit plan with many lessons and activities. A simple picture book read, a small discussion during your morning meeting, or something that you can integrate into social studies, math, reading, or science lesson. In what ways have you incorporated daily celebrations into your classroom? Please share in the comments below. 
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I read this book as a part of my #ReadtheRainbow Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn MillerMy goal is to read at least one children's literature book from various genres every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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