This section is filled with themed worksheets and printables that cover all the major holidays you will also find monthly themed sheets.
- April - A complete range of worksheets for the month of April.
- August- A bunch of fun worksheets for the month of August.
- Back To School - Over 100 Printables to help you start the year of right.
- Christmas- Over 40 worksheets for the season!
- Cinco De Mayo- Over 30 in all.
- December- All the worksheets you need for the holidays.
- December Holiday- December holidays across the world.
- Easter- A number of useful worksheets!
- End of the School Year- Help for the last month of school.
- Father's Day- 20 father's day worksheets for this June holiday.
- Flag Day- Over 30 flag day worksheets for this June holiday.
- February- A complete range of worksheets for the month of February.
- Halloween- Over 40 worksheets for the season!
- Hanukkah- Over 40 worksheets for the season!
- January- A complete range of worksheets for the month of January.
- July- A complete range of worksheets for the month of July.
- June- A complete range of worksheets for the month of June.
- Kwanzaa - A celebration of Black heritage and culture.
- March - All the worksheets you need for the month of March!
- Martin Luther King Jr. -Even includes songs, bookmarks, and writing paper!
- May- A complete range of worksheets for the month of May.
- Memorial Day- 20 Sheets in all.
- Mother's Day- 20 for this May holiday.
- October- Make October and easy month.
- November- A complete range of worksheets for the month of November.
- September- A great collection to get you started for the new school year.
- Spring- Time for showers and flowers.
- St. Patrick's Day- You must be in luck! Over 20 worksheets for this green holiday!
- Teacher Calendars- Printable calendars for your classroom!
- Thanksgiving- Over 40 worksheets for the season!
- Today In History- Create a new worksheet every day that tells you 5 historical events that took place on that day.
- Valentine's Day- Over 40 printables for this February Holiday!
- Veterans Day- 15 worksheets for this national holiday!
- Winter- Keep warm with over 40 winter worksheets.
How to Share Holiday Traditions with Your Students
Students and teachers can benefit from the holiday season by learning about different traditions and cultures and explaining their practices, values, and beliefs. This is a great way of celebrating diversity and allows students as well as teachers to gain a better understanding and knowledge of different cultures while also allowing them to represent their own.
For many students, celebrating holiday traditions can be some of the most exciting and memorable aspects of school. Teachers can use many strategies to share holiday traditions amongst students while being respectful and inclusive. Below we have shared some ideas to help teachers celebrate diverse holiday traditions from around the world.
The crucial thing to remember when celebrating holiday traditions is to incorporate cultures and religions different from your own.
In a country as diverse as the United States, where there are people from almost every corner of the world, celebrating and learning about different countries and traditions to make other students feel they belong is essential. In a world with a growing refugee crisis and children escaping wars and finding a place to call home, it is the most shattering feeling to realize that they are not welcome here.
Such situations require teachers to try their best to be respectful to all kinds of children and teach this to their fellow classmates. A few fun and interactive activities will create a dialogue between students and help them understand each other. Stay on the page to learn how you can promote acceptance and understanding of different traditions and cultures amongst students.
School Policies And Regulations
Before you plan to teach kids about holiday traditions, it is a good idea to find out about the school’s regulations and policies regarding celebrating holiday traditions.
Also, consider your own comfort level and the capabilities of your students. Some teachers just read a holiday story aloud, while others engage students in activities and open discussions. As long as you intend to foster a more inclusive and respectful environment, the method you choose to teach your students doesn't matter.
You will have to do complete and thorough research to make sure you properly reflect on each holiday and tradition. Don't be hesitant to ask your colleagues and librarians about any holiday traditions, as they may be capable of providing interesting information. Make sure you corroborate your research with multiple sources.
Plan Fun And Educational Activities
While arts and crafts or storytime is a good way of creating awareness and inclusivity, you could also plan a few fun activities to make lessons memorable for your students.
- You can ask students to each bring a photo of them celebrating the holiday and create an interactive session where classmates predict how they are celebrating and what they are doing. Not only will this make it fun for the students, but it will also help them understand each other.
- Science experiments with lights and dyes are also a great way to celebrate culture. Holiday traditions like Holi, Hanukah, Diwali, Eid, Easter, and New Year's are all celebrated with lots of lights and colors.
- Teachers can discuss the similarities between different traditions. This will help students learn that they still have much in common even though they are from different countries and backgrounds.
- Music is a great way to share and celebrate holiday traditions. Music brings people together regardless of religion, culture, or heritage. Pairing students in groups and asking them to play songs about their holidays is a great idea for making it educational, memorable, and fun.
- Have students bring a home-cooked meal that represents their holiday traditions.
- A history and geography lesson will help in teaching students about holidays around the world, their origins, and how some traditions have changed.
- Give an arts and crafts assignment to your students to prepare a gift for their classmates that would represent their tradition or culture.
Select A Theme To Focus On
Celebrating your students' cultures is a splendid approach to accepting diversity while also acknowledging the similarities that bring us all together. Keeping your talks neutral and informative by focusing on a common topic and values that are represented in different holidays is a good place to start.
While discussing Christmas, talk about spreading joy and kindness rather than religious aspects of the holiday. Similarly, when talking about Ramadan, bring up the topics of patience, mindfulness, reflection, and contemplation.
Recognize Holidays All-Year-Round
Many schools only recognize the variety of holidays in December when they sing carols or eat dishes related to Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. However, creating a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive classroom entails acknowledging that many cultures have significant holidays throughout the year.
As for Jews, Passover is considered a more important holiday, but since it doesn't fall close to Christmas, teachers only address Hanukkah. Therefore, it is important to have a positive mindset as it will help better understand different cultures and traditions and create a more inclusive environment.
Have a Bake Sale
Schools could organize a bake sale just before the holiday season and have students bring in foods that represent their culture and traditions. The profits from the bake sale can then be donated to families to help them celebrate and enjoy their holidays better.
Watch Movies Or Films
While hundreds of movies teach about Christmas, it can be a bit difficult to find something about other traditional holidays, especially in English.
However, the History Channel or any other educational channel might have multiple programs with educational content about different cultural and traditional holidays.
Have your students watch them and make them write a few questions on a paper about any confusion they had and what they liked about the different traditions.
No matter what activities and methods you choose to celebrate and share holiday traditions, know that just the effort you will put in and the brake in the regular curriculum will go a long way.
Know that the efforts you'll put in to foster acceptance and inclusion among children will be passed on to multiple generations and create a better atmosphere in your classrooms and in the lives of students.