Many people will be celebrating Christmas this week. Many other families are, or will be, celebrating different winter holidays.
The holidays are certainly not what I hoped for this year. My dreams of my entire family gathering for Thanksgiving, as we always have, did not happen. The holidays this month have been piecemeal and very different from other years. But different does not mean bad. This has been an opportunity to grow and learn about what is truly important.
There are many ways children can be involved in the celebrations this week, even with the restrictions, monetary concerns… Time for homemade gifts, letters, cards, homemade gift cards (for cleaning, cooking, babysitting). Starting new family traditions. And of course, these activities can all involve reading, writing, math, social studies, science…
Whatever holidays you celebrate this month, I hope they are safe and happy. And the teacher in me also hopes you find ways to authentically continue to allow your learners to blossom and grow.