Celebrate!: An Anti-Bias Guide to Enjoying Holidays in Early Childhood Programs

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Redleaf Press, Jul 1, 2002 - Education - 160 pages
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Is your early childhood program struggling with how to enjoy holidays in a respectful, anti-bias way? Now you can let the celebrating begin! Celebrate! is the comprehensive resource to guide you through the sensitive issues surrounding holidays. It is filled with strategies for implementing exciting culturally and developmentally appropriate holiday activities so you can party with ease. Chapters include Developing a Holiday Policy, Selecting Holidays, Addressing Stereotypes and Commercialism, Evaluating Holiday Activities, and more. Celebrate! tells you how to involve families and get on the road to making holidays something that everyone looks forward to celebrating!

Includes a preface by Louise Derman-Sparks.
 

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Contents

The Meanings of Holidays
1
Social Meanings
3
Current Approaches and New Ideas
5
The Trap of the Tourist Approach
7
The Value of Celebrating
9
Benefits of a Holiday Curriculum
10
Planning for Change
13
Assess Your Situation
15
Diversity in Homogenous Groups
79
Use a Diagram to Help You Decide
80
Concentric Circles Diagrams
82
Strategies for Including Unfamiliar Holidays
84
Sample Persona Doll Story
85
Points to Remember
88
Addressing Stereotypes and Commercialism
91
Understand Stereotypes
92

Understand Your Own Perspective
16
Evaluate Your HomeSchool Relationships
17
Improving HomeSchool Communication
19
Acknowledge the Challenges of Collaboration
20
Develop a Holiday Policy
21
Include Everyone Who Wants to Be Included
22
Choose a Method
23
Set Your Own Ground Rules
24
Outline Your Policy
25
XYZ Child Care Center Holiday Policy
27
Periodically Evaluate Your Policy
31
Sample Holiday Evaluation Questionnaire for Families
32
Determine Your Goals
35
AntiBias Curriculum Goals
36
Consult Your Program Goals
38
Think About the Children and Families in Your Setting
39
Select Holidays
41
Gather Information From Families
42
Sample Family Questionnaire About Holidays
43
Support Reluctant Families
45
Review Your Information About Families
46
Add Your Own Choices
47
Evaluate Your List
49
Evaluate Holiday Activities
51
Plan for Improvement
52
Holiday Practices Improvement Plan
53
Holidays In Your Classroom
55
Remembering Developmentally Appropriate Practice
57
Holiday Ages and Stages
58
Work With Children
59
Keep Holiday Activities in Check
61
Choose Appropriate Themes
64
Reflecting All Children
69
Culture Throughout Your Curriculum
70
Work Sensitively With Families
71
Avoid Balance Traps
73
Introducing Unfamiliar Holidays
77
Consider Childrens Development
78
Address Holiday Stereotypes in Your Classroom
94
Talk With Families
95
Address Commercialism
96
Respond to Families Circumstances
98
Considering Religion
101
What Are Your Thoughts About Religion?
102
Identify Your Program Type
103
Consult Your Programs Philosophy
104
Work With Families
105
Choose Your Approach
106
Points to Remember
109
Consider Issues of Diversity
110
Meeting Needs When Families Dont Celebrate
111
Examine Your Own Feelings
112
Dialogue With Families
113
Ask Questions
114
Provide Different Options
115
Communicate With Other Families
117
Michaels Sheryls and Margerys Classrooms
121
Sheryls Story
126
Margerys Story
129
A Final Word
133
Resources
135
Birth Days and Rituals
136
Halloween
137
ThanksgivingBeing Thankful
138
Christmas
139
Chinese New Year
140
Tet
141
Easter
142
Kodomonohi
143
Powwow
144
GeneralCompilations
145
Books About Similarities adn Differences
146
General Education
147
Religion
148
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