Kacie (comment #11),
You mentioned that you have a student who does not celebrate holidays. Do his or her parents request that you do not do anything related to any holiday? In my classroom, I do not have students who are not allowed celebrate holidays. However, they certainly all celebrate many different holidays. I just try to make sure that I am not focusing solely on Christmas. As long as I am incorporating a variety of holidays and tying them directly to my curriculum, I feel like all students should be able to participate. It would be sad if the student is not allowed to do anything related to holidays since the spirit of the season can be woven into the curriculum in such positive ways! You can check out #8 in my post to find lesson plans for a variety of winter holidays.
I'm not sure if my response helps or not. If that child is not allowed to celebrate any holiday, your hands may be tied. However, class service projects that are designed to help others in your community can still be done without typing them to a specific holiday.
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