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Celebrating diversity

Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights
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Our world is full of diversity and teaching children at a young age to accept and appreciate different cultures, is a life lesson that continues with them in their journey of life. Teaching diversity at home and in the classroom is something that is important when we are raising our next generation of children and teaching them about community.

Preschool is a great time to teach children about all the different ways that people celebrate the holidays. In preschool, many teachers plan lessons that help children understand and learn about the different traditions like, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. By teaching these different traditions it helps children learn that everyone may celebrate Christmas differently and that it may not be the way you celebrate it and that is okay.

This is a fun time to fill your classroom up with displays of of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and the best way to teach these traditions are reading books about them.

Some great books about Hanukkah:

D is for Dreidal by Tanya Lee Stone
Light the Menorah by Jannie Ho
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket.

Kwanzaa books:

Kwanzaa Crafts by Carol Gnojewski,
Kwanzaa Kids by Joan Holub
Kwanzaa Celebration Pop up by Nancy Williams

Whether your child is in preschool or a young toddler it's never too early too begin reading stories about diversity and different cultures. You can always visit your local library and check out other festive books about holiday traditions around the world.

For more information visit your local library click on library on the side links.

To learn about Hanukkah
To learn more about Kwanzaa