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November, 2007 -
Family Celebrations – Holidays are a good time to talk about diversity. Not all families celebrate Thanksgiving, but most families do celebrate something. Ask children to bring in photos of celebrations they have in their home. Put their pictures together to make a class book.
Napkin Rings – Let children make napkin rings for their Thanksgiving dinner from paper towel rolls. Cut 1 ¼” sections from the rolls. Let children decorate with markers, seasonal paper, stickers, etc. Add napkins for a holiday touch!
Thankful Books – Make blank books for the children so they can draw pictures of what they are thankful for.
Family Quilt – Involve your families in making a “Thankful Quilt.” Give each child a 10” square of heavy paper. Let them take it home and decorate it with photos or drawings of things their family is thankful for. As the children return their squares, punch holes in the corners and tie the squares together with yarn to create a quilt. Hang in the classroom. (At the end of the month, take the squares apart and make a book for your classroom.)
Food Drive – Plan a food drive at your school and distribute the canned goods to a local food bank.