There are such wonderful celebrations and traditions around the world at this time of the year, like Mawlid, St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. As a result, children are very excited and have a hard time waiting (much less sleeping). Parents and teachers can help children to count the days until/ during these holidays. Children can use WriteReader to create a book with funny stories or a favorite song. With the help of an adult, children can also write about counting their blessings and the meaning of the holidays.
Here are some suggestions:
- Some holidays last over a period of a few days. Write a page about your family’s traditions on each night of the celebration.
- Many celebrations incorporate the theme of light from candles, lanterns, or stars. How many candles or lanterns are there? What do they mean? What do they mean to your family?
- Write a ’Wish List’ book with a page each for the gifts you are giving.
- Will you make or buy the gifts?
- Who are they for?
- Why are those people special to you?
- Does your family give to those in need at this time of year?
- Are there gifts that we receive that we can’t make or buy?
- Create an Advent calendar bulletin board with positive messages. (If you teach at a faith-based school, you may wish to add special verses.) Open a new door each day.
Songs & Stories
- Make a song booklet with a page for each of the ’12 Days of Christmas.’
- Be creative and write a biography/ character description for each of Santa’s 8 reindeer.
Just as we honor children’s emergent writing, let’s also honor the celebrations of all children in our communities. They can’t wait to tell us all about it!