Eric, I like your ideas. It's a little hard for those children that do not celebrate Halloween. I remember having to be removed from my classroom everytime my teacher did a project with ghosts and such. It was hard for me to miss out on some fun just because they were doing a project with a ghost.
I love to keep my fall projects just that. You can see some of them on my blog www.teachoften.blogspot.com. You can still do projects that will help children stay focused during this time of year (the sugar doesn't help does it ;) )by talking about harvest and the change of the season.
Thanks for the inspiring posts.
You are so right, keeping things neutral for all families is very important. I failed to mention that in my post. I do believe that every family has a right to have their beliefs respected and honored in class. This year, all of my student celebrate Halloween, so I went ahead with these activities, but for everyone, this may not be the case. I think you make a great point that we can talk about harvest time and the change of season just as easily as talking about Halloween.
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