Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Best Books of 2011 - Closing the Chapter on 2011

This is the time of year many parents want some great ideas for holiday books for their children. If you would like a resource that combines many of the best sources for the best books take a look at this site Best Books of 2011.  Many of these books may be at our upcoming book fair. Be sure to check it out when you have a moment.

Follow Santa as he Travels the Globe - click the link to have Santa help your kids brush up on their map skills as they follow him on his holiday journey. The site begins in December so take a look after break!

From Education World - 

Do your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day? Maybe they celebrate St. Lucia Day or Ramadan. Chances are your class includes students who observe more than one of those events. Whether that is the case or not, December offers great opportunities for teaching about our multicultural world. 
Few months present the multicultural "teachable moments" that December does! The following multicultural events and celebrations are among those that will happen this year:
  • Ramadan -- Began August 11, ended September 9
  • Eid al-Fitr (Muslim) -- September 10
  • Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) -- December 6
  • Eid'ul-Adha (Muslim) -- November 16
  • Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) -- December 12
  • St. Lucia Day (Swedish) -- December 13
  • Hanukkah (Jewish) -- Begins at sundown on December 1 (ends December 9)
  • Christmas Day(Christian) -- December 25
  • Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) -- December 26
  • Kwanzaa (African American) -- December 26 to January 1
  • Omisoka (Japanese) -- December 31
  • Epiphany (Christian) -- January 6
Education World has updated all the lesson plans to ensure that you won't find any dead links among them! You'll find the following articles full of lesson ideas at Internet Connections for teaching holidays around the world.

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