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First of all, Christmas is highly emphasized in public schools our country, so when most of us were younger almost all Christmas lesson plans were acceptable—but what about Chanukah? When I was going to school, in my area of town there were many private Catholic and Christian college preparatory schools and institutions. And the people who lived in that part of town could afford to send their kids to these private institutions. Therefore, ninety percent of the children in my public school growing up were Jewish—for there were no private Jewish schools. So we were very familiar with the cultural divisions between these two holidays, which happen to come at the same time of year.
Christmas lesson plans, at that time, however were less difficult. Holiday crafts were holiday crafts. Some kids made the Star of David out of cardboard, some did Christmas trees, and some kids drew nativity scenes—it did not matter.
Currently, the controversy is a little more overbearing, ok let us face it—it’s completely overwhelming in public schools. For your Christmas lesson plans you cannot do a nativity scene unless you are teaching at a private Christian school. For your Christmas lesson plans you cannot do a Chanukah craft unless you are teaching at a private Jewish school. But in public schools, some parents will even get offended if you do a craft of Santa Clause, because the notion of Santa contradicts the religious elements of Christmas that they are taught at home.
So what do you do for your Christmas lesson plans? Here are a couple of ideas:
There are lots of Christmas lesson plans that can include crafts with snowflakes. You can use a lot of glitter! You can cut out your snowflakes from plain white paper and hang them from the ceiling. Another Christmas lesson plans idea may be to use white paint on a black construction paper, to make a snowy scene. Teach the children how each snowflake is unique, and show them by comparing their snowflakes to each other.
• Other cultures
You can teach your class the traditions of other cultures during this time of year in your Christmas lesson plans. Your Christmas lesson plans can include, for example, the tradition of children in Germany laying their shoes outside the door to be filled up by Saint Nick with candies. New, even though this particular Christmas lesson plan includes Santa Clause, it is a reference to another culture and traditions unknown to American kids—it is not an anti-religious Christmas lesson plan by any means.
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